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Ridge Street Oral History Project

In 1995, with the assistance of more than twenty volunteers, Preservation Piedmont interviewed residents and former residents of the Ridge Street neighborhood of Charlottesville, Virginia. The oral histories were published in the Ridge Street Oral History Project, a supplement to the Ridge Street Historic District Survey. This architecturally significant late nineteenth and early twentieth century African American neighborhood was listed on the National and Virginia Landmarks Registers in 1981, but was in need of local design controls to limit the destruction and alteration of its architectural fabric. The oral history project offered the City of Charlottesville the opportunity to better understand the area's demographic and physical evolution and assist it with the neighborhood's designation as an Architectural Design Control District (ADCD). The project provided Charlottesville officials with valuable information and rare insight into the neighborhood's social and physical development. 

The Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society has copies of the document.