Robert L. Updike House
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The Robert L. Updike House is one of Charlottesville's individually protected properties, meaning any exterior changes or potential demolition would have to be approved by the Board of Architectural Review. The house is located at 620 Prospect Avenue and 105 University Manor.
The property was originally purchased by the Updike brothers in 1899. In 1904, Robert Updike bought out his brothers' shares and built the home. The house's back porch originally looked out over the Easton Updike Brickyard on 7 1/2 Street, which Robert and his brothers were associated with. A large cornerstone on the lower left side of the facade marks the date of construction: "1904."
The house changed hands throughout the 20th century. It was occupied for a time by members of the Marshall family and by the Carter family, a First Family of Virginia. .
The house is located in the Fifeville neighborhood. While the northern half of Fifeville was mostly built in the 1920's, the southern half remained predominately rural. In the 1970's and early 1980's, the area around the house was subdivided and developed in a mixture of apartments and low-cost duplexes. The house became a rental property and was purchased by Keith Woodard of Woodard Properties in 1987. Since the mid-2000's, the house has been occupied by a succession of young adults associated in some way with Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries.
- "Charlottesville : Architectural Design Control District and Individually Protected Property Information." Charlottesville : Home. Web. 16 Aug. 2010. <http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=812>.
Robert L. Updike House Survey Form http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/Charlottesville/RobUpdikeCharlottesvilleMRA_HD_textlist.htm