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Front View of Homes on McKee Block


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The photograph shows three houses on the McKee Block in partial view. Two of them seem to be made of wood and the house in the middle is made of brick. Trees make up much of the scenery in the picture, and the wood and metal fence in front of the houses is visible, extending along the block. In the middle house, a figure of a woman stands in the doorway to the left. For the most part, the frames for the doors and windows are evenly spaced on each house. The photo was taken by Allen Perkins.  The McKee block, or McKee Row, was a block of land that lay to the west of the Albemarle County Court House. During its time of use, people mainly used the alley for horse sales and hitching racks. Spillover of young “rowdy” boys into the neighboring Court Square area and the Levy Opera House raised concerns amongst the general community and it was decided by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, in 1914, that the city would take the street. The initial plan for the block was to build a public school for white children, however, the community did not want a school near the court house. The final solution for McKee Row ended up as Jackson Park. The city demolished the houses on McKee Row in 1919 to make space for the plan for the proposed park.  Received by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on February 23, 1995 from the sister of the photographer, Miss Evelina Magruder, in a two volume collection of photos, known as the Alaville Magruder Collection.


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Sandra DeKay says - April 27, 2010

the block ran south to north.

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