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Boylan Heights (Raleigh, North Carolina)

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Architect  Multiple
Area  33 ha
Added to NRHP  29 July 1985
NRHP Reference #  85001671
Year built  1907
Boylan Heights (Raleigh, North Carolina) 6c8930d40bd8cbea5aeba916585e447356aa2c186e3638cfd
Location  Roughly bounded by Norfolk & Southern RR, Mountford, Martin and Florence Sts. and Dorothea Dr., Raleigh, North Carolina
Architectural style  Bungalow/Craftsman, Colonial, Queen Anne
MPS  Early Twentieth Century Raleigh Neighborhoods TR

Boylan Heights is a historic neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district on July 29, 1985. It is also one of six local Historic Overlay Districts in Raleigh.


Map of Boylan Heights, Raleigh, NC, USA

Boylan Heights has been explored in the book Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas by resident and critical cartographer Denis Wood, which maps the neighborhood in unusual ways. In the introduction to the book, Wood writes that these maps explore "other ways of thinking about [Boylan Heights] . . . as some sort of community, or as a marriage of community and place, or as those people in that place, their relationships, and their ways in the world . . . a life process." Maps include the location of jack-o'-lanterns on porches, radio waves permeating the air, the light from street lamps, and other attributes of Boylan Heights that cannot be mapped in a traditional way.

The national historic district encompasses 252 contributing buildings and was developed between about 1907 and 1935. It includes notable examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Bungalow / American Craftsman style architecture.

Its name was used for the 1987 album Boylan Heights by The Connells. There is a restaurant named after the district in the The Corner neighborhood of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Notable structures

  • Montfort Hall, built for William Montfort Boylan in 1858
  • Notable residents

  • Denis Wood, widely reviewed former NCSU professor of Design
  • Charles Meeker, former mayor of Raleigh, NC
  • Deborah K. Ross, former member of the NC General Assembly and former manager of the ACLU in NC
  • References

    Boylan Heights (Raleigh, North Carolina) Wikipedia

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