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Royster Building

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1911–1912, Ferguson, Calrow and Taylor. 1997–1998, renovation, Glenn and Sadler and Canon Design. 201 Granby St. (northwest corner of Granby St. and W. City Hall Ave.)

Constructed as the headquarters of the RoysterGuano Fertilizer Company and now home to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, this building, at thirteen stories, was once Norfolk's tallest. The neoclassical design is divided into three parts: a limestone base articulated by Roman Doric pilasters and engaged columns, a brick shaft that is largely plain, and a bilevel attic elaborately decorated in terra-cotta with projecting consoles below lions'-head bosses. The cornice has recently been restored.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Royster Building", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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