Washington and Lee University Historic District

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Coordinates: 37°47′9″N 79°26′39″W / 37.78583°N 79.44417°W / 37.78583; -79.44417

Washington and Lee University Historic District
Location Washington and Lee University campus, Lexington, Virginia
Built 1824
Architect Jordan,John
Architectural style Greek Revival, Other
NRHP Reference # 71001047
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 11, 1971[1]
Designated NHLD November 11, 1971[2]

Washington and Lee University Historic District is a historic district that includes a set of buildings on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

The row of brick buildings that form the Front Campus, which trace to 1824, is a U.S. Separately, the Lee Chapel is also a National Historic Landmark.

The noted British writer John Cowper Powys once called W&L the "most beautiful college campus in America." The poet and dramatist John Drinkwater remarked, "If this scene were set down in the middle of Europe, the whole continent would flock to see it!"

Lee Chapel is designated as a National Historic Landmark on its own.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[2][3]


  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Washington and Lee University Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ Unsigned (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Washington and Lee University Historic District" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 5 photos, exterior and interior, from 1969 and 1971 PDF (32 KB)

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