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Norfolk Southern Tower

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1986–1988, Williams, Tazewell and Cooke and Associates. 3 Commercial Pl.
  • Norfolk Southern Tower (Richard Guy Wilson)

This sleek, twenty-story office tower serves as the headquarters for the Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation's largest railroads. Rising from a trabeated base of polished marble, the polygonal tower is sheathed in reflective glass and set back in stages. The building appears particularly handsome at night when subtle floodlighting is directed at horizontal bands of reflective metal coping on the third, fourth, eighth, and fourteenth floors.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Norfolk Southern Tower", [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, 401-401.

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