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From simple beginnings as a small neighborhood in 1907, Greater Raleigh Court has grown into one of Roanoke, Virginia's most prestigious and valued enclavesa thriving community filled with historic architecture, bustling shops and an energetic sense of place. Although the town's appearance has changed with the decades, the character of the community has not. Mayor and author Nelson Harris tells the story of this neighborhood through an exploration of its old residential streets, its historic bridges and buildingsincluding the renowned Grandin Theaterand brings to life each era of a history that is marked by both controversy and pride.
About the Author
Nelson Harris has written six books on Virginia history. Serving as mayor of Roanoke and pastor of Virginia Heights Baptist Church, Harris stays involved in the Roanoke community. As a distinguished citizen of Roanoke, Harris has received several awards including the "Roanoker of the Year" award and a "Distinguished Service Award" from Radford University.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements 9
A Splendid Suburb 13
Annexation and Growth 39
Postwar Development, Change and Renewal 71
Neighborhood Congregations 97
Commercial Districts, 1920-1970 109