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Wainwright Building (Seaboard Air Line Railway)

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Seaboard Air Line Railway
1925–1926, Neff and Thompson. 229 W. Bute St.
  • Wainwright Building (Seaboard Air Line Railway) (Richard Guy Wilson)

Once defining the northern and western limits of downtown, this building originally served as headquarters of the Seaboard Air Line Railway and is the city's only Gothic-inspired skyscraper. The height of the building is emphasized by an alternating rhythm of solid piers and recessed window tiers that create the effect of a crenellated parapet at the top. Heraldic shields flank the entrance portal with its low, pointed arch and deeply recessed moldings. The lobby retains many of its original features, including Tudor-style plasterwork on the ceiling.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Wainwright Building (Seaboard Air Line Railway)", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 413-413.

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