West End Historic District
- Vicinity: Roughly bounded by W End Blvd., Sixth, Broad, and Fourth Sts, I-40, Sunset Dr, and Peters Creek
The West End is one of the most fully-realized and intact examples of a tum of-the-century streetcar suburb in North Carolina, retaining to a remarkable degree the integrity of its primary period of significance, 1887-1930. The late nineteenth-early twentieth century urban neighborhood is defined by its picturesque landscape features--including a system of curvilinear streets, terraced lawns with stone retaining walls and steps, m1d parks--which take full advantage of the dramatic hilly topography of the site, and by its rich and varied collection of architecture reflective of the West End's period of development.
As an entity distinguished from its surroundings, the West End today remains much as Jacob Lott Ludlow designed it in 1890: a picturesque residential neighborhood which emphasizes the natural qualities of its landscape through the use of curving streets and occasional parks. Into this idyllic setting were built some of the finest houses in Winston-Salem between 1887 and 1930, representing the most popular architectural styles of the day, along with a collection of less sophisticated yet well-built and representative examples of the same styles. Other man-made components of the district include numerous outbuildings associated with the houses, four architecturally significant churches, several commercial, buildings and apartment buildings from the West End's primary period of development, and post-1930 structures including a variety of houses, apartments, and commercial buildings along with the YWCA, the YMCA, and an arrowhead-shaped granite memorial marker to Daniel Boone. - NRHP, 9 October 1986