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Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District

  • Vicinity: Roughly bounded by Rocky Ridge Rd, Country Club Rd, Laurel Hill Rd, Laurel Hill Cir., and Buttons Dr
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

The Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and C. Developed during 1928-30 and 1936-40, the District is the best and only example in the town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina of the early twentieth-century residential movement sometimes referred to as planned suburbanization, a national movement, aspects of which traded on or were identified with such concepts as Ebenezer Howard's Garden City and Charles Mulford Robinson's City Beautiful movements. Many of its contributing structures were designed by architects who were building important reputations, and in styles that reflected the tastes of the '20's and '30's for revival styles. The construction of some of the buildings was by Chapel Hill contractor Brodie Thompson. Its landscaping and other amenities represent the botanical work of some of its residents as well as the art of local masons. Finally, it is the only instance of the collaborative planning and road design work of William Chambers Coker (1872-1953), a local botany professor who acquired a state-wide reputation as a planner and landscape designer and T Felix Hickerson, another UNC professor whose work set the stage nationally for a new approach to designing roads. - NRHP, 26 June 1989



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1927/06/00 T Felix Hickerson Engineer Rocky Ridge Development established
1928/00/00 George Watts Carr Architect John Couch (brother of William Couch) House, eclectic Colonial Revival, built at 3 Rocky Ridge Rd
1939/00/00 William Van Sprinkle Architect William Couch (brother of John Couch) House, brick and stone Colonial Revival, built at 603 Laurel Hill Rd
1940/00/00 William Van Sprinkle Architect Frances Gardham House is built at 309 Country Club Rd
1940/00/00 William Van Sprinkle Architect Horace Crockford House, brick and frame Colonial Revival, built at 305 Country Club Rd
1940/00/00 George Watts Carr Architect William Carmichael House is built at 106 Laurel Hill Circle


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Particulars for Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District:
Architectural Style American Colonial Revival
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Community Planning and Development
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Landscape architecture
Level of Significance Local
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Owner State
Architectural Style Tudor Revival

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 8th August 1989

Registry Name: Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District
Registry Address: Roughly bounded by Rocky Ridge Rd., Country Club Rd., Laurel Hill Rd., Laurel Hill Cir., and Buttons Dr.
Registry Number: 89001039
Resource Type: District
Owner: Private, State
Architect: Carr,George Watts; Sprinkle,William
Architectural Style: Colonial revival, Tudor revival
Area in Acres: 550
Contributing Buildings: 26
Non-Contributing Buildings: 12
Contributing Sites: 3
Contributing Structures: 5
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Community Planning and Development, Landscape architecture, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Significant Year: 1927
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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