Rivermont Historic District

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Rivermont Historic District
Rivermont Historic District Sign, December 2008
Rivermont Historic District is located in Virginia
LocationRivermont Ave, Lynchburg, Virginia
Coordinates37°25′43″N 79°9′29″W / 37.42861°N 79.15806°W / 37.42861; -79.15806Coordinates: 37°25′43″N 79°9′29″W / 37.42861°N 79.15806°W / 37.42861; -79.15806
Area192.1 acres (77.7 ha)
Architectural styleQueen Anne, Beaux Arts, et al.
Governing bodyFederal
NRHP Reference #03000224[1]
VLR #118-0334
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 11, 2003
Designated VLRDecember 4, 2002[2]
 
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Rivermont Historic District
Rivermont Historic District Sign, December 2008
Rivermont Historic District is located in Virginia
LocationRivermont Ave, Lynchburg, Virginia
Coordinates37°25′43″N 79°9′29″W / 37.42861°N 79.15806°W / 37.42861; -79.15806Coordinates: 37°25′43″N 79°9′29″W / 37.42861°N 79.15806°W / 37.42861; -79.15806
Area192.1 acres (77.7 ha)
Architectural styleQueen Anne, Beaux Arts, et al.
Governing bodyFederal
NRHP Reference #03000224[1]
VLR #118-0334
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 11, 2003
Designated VLRDecember 4, 2002[2]

The Rivermont Historic District is a national historic district located in Lynchburg, Virginia. It is a 192.10-acre (0.7774 km2) district consisting of the 300-3400 blocks of Rivermont Avenue as well as Riverside Park and a few properties alongside streets that face onto Rivermont Avenue. It is bounded by the James River on the east and northeast, Blackwater Creek on the east and southeast, Daniel’s Hill on the north and Virginia Episcopal Road and the southern end of Boonesboro Road.[3]

It is significant as Lynchburg’s first planned streetcar community that included a mixture of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. It includes single-family residences, duplexes, apartment houses, garages, commercial buildings, churches, government buildings, academic buildings, and hospitals. There are a number of highly significant buildings dating from the late 19th and 20th centuries that represent nearly every major American architectural style of that period. The buildings are the work of some of Lynchburg's leading architects from this period, including Stanhope Johnson and Edward G. Frye, as well as Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram, Washington D.C. architect William Poindexter, and New York architect Penrose Stout. As Lynchburg's largest and probably most successful planned subdivision, Rivermont displays several important design features, such as a wide central avenue, parks, schools, and vistas that separate it from older parts of Lynchburg. The district includes the Jones Memorial Library, Main Hall, Randolph-Macon Women's College, and Miller-Claytor House listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1] The District was expanded in 2013 to add one additional building directly adjacent to Rivermont Avenue: The St. John's Episcopal Church on Boston Avenue.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Alison Stone Blanton (August 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Rivermont Historic District". Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo and Accompanying map