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Laurel Hill

  • NRHP Name: Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District (Boundary Increase)

  • Address: Laurel Hill Rd
  • Vicinity: Includes portion of Country Club Rd, and Ledge Ln and all of Round Hill Rd
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

The Boundary Increase to the Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District [Laurel Hill] incorporates the intact post-World War II development phase of the subdivision into the district boundaries. This phase consists of twenty-six historic houses built from 1937 to 1960 along Laurel Hill Road, the spine of the district, and the small lanes that branch off of it, and four houses built afterward. The historic 1927 Rocky Ridge Farm development is the only preWorld War II suburb in Chapel Hill that was planned along the City Beautiful principles of road design that conform to the contours of the land. Developer William Chambers Coker, a botany professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, and T Felix Hickerson, an engineering professor who was a national figure in road design, created the subdivision plan in 1927. Thirty-four houses were built from 1928 to 1940 in Colonial Revival and English Tudor styles. A number were designed by local architects George Watts Carr, Hackney and Knott, and William Van Sprinkle. The added residences consist of a mixture of small and medium-sized Colonial Revival-style houses, a group of five Contemporary houses designed by the Webb architectural firm of Chapel Hill, a dramatic International Style house designed by North Carolina State College architect George Matsumoto, and a group of representative Ranch houses of Colonial character. - NRHP, 25 July 2007

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1929/00/00 Love House is built for Cornelia Spencer Love, a librarian and granddaughter of Chapel Hill civic leader Cornelia Phillips Spencer, 116 Laurel Hill Rd
1937/00/00 William Van Sprinkle Architect Richmond and Marjorie Bond's brick colonial house is built at 101 Pine Ln
1948/00/00 James Webb Architect Norman Eliason's Contemporary Ranch house is built at 103 Round Hill Rd
1950/00/00 William Van Sprinkle Architect Colonial Ranch-style house is built for Ed Cameron, 404 Laurel Hill Rd
1951/00/00 James Webb Architect Richard and Francis Calhoun's Contemporary split-level house is built at 104 Pine Ln, 2-story wing added in 1953
1952/00/00 James Webb Architect Louis and Thelma Thurstone House is built at 400 Laurel Hill Rd
1954/00/00 George Matsumoto Architect Milton and Virginia Julian's International Style home is built at 101 Ledge Ln, Mr Julian (uncle of clothing designer Alexander Julian) owned Milton's Clothing Cupboard on Franklin St, Chapel Hill
1954/00/00 George Watts Carr Architect Bernard and Thelma Boyd's Colonial Revival-style house is built at 313 Country Club Rd
1957/00/00 James Webb Architect Fred and Josephine Weedon Contemporary Ranch house is built at 100 Pine Ln
1960/00/00 William Van Sprinkle Architect Charles and Kay Bream's Contemporary house is built at 3 Buttons Rd

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Particulars for Laurel Hill:
Architectural Style American Colonial Revival
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Historic District
Architectural Style International style
Level of Significance Local
Historic Use Multiple dwelling
Owner Private
Other Description Ranch
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 30th January 2008

Registry Name: Rocky Ridge Farm Historic District (Boundary Increase)
Registry Address: Includes portion of Country Club Rd., Laurel Hill Rd. Ledge Ln., and all of Round Hill Rd.
Registry Number: 07001501
Resource Type: District
Owner: Private
Architect: Sprinkle, William Van Webb, James; Matsumoto, G. Carr, George Watts
Architectural Style: Colonial revival, International style
Attribute: Ranch
Area in Acres: 20
Contributing Buildings: 25
Non-Contributing Buildings: 9
Non-Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Multiple dwelling
Current Function: Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling Multiple dwelling

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