Developed in the mid-1920s, Forest Hills was Danville's first upscale suburb for whites. Its wide, curving and leafy streets, undulating terrain, traffic circles, and mandated architect-designed houses on spacious lots make it an attractive neighborhood. The planning has been attributed to J. Bryant Heard, a cofounder of the project and designer of many Forest Hills houses, but it seems more likely that Earle S. Draper of Charlotte, North Carolina, was its landscape architect. Draper, whose other developments are similar to that of Forest Hills, is known to have done some work for the mill in Schoolfield a few years earlier and had a major commission in Martinsville (HR21) in the 1930s.
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