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Plantation House (Travelers' Building)

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Travelers' Building
1910, Clinton & Russell, W. Duncan Lee, associated architect. 1108 E. Main St.
  • Plantation House (Travelers' Building) (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)
  • Plantation House (Travelers' Building) (Michelle Krone)

This high rise of thirteen stories plus terraced penthouse is one of the city's oldest skyscrapers. Its New York City architects, who specialized in tall buildings, chose as their associate an unlikely local architect, W. Duncan Lee. Lee specialized in residential work and apparently never capitalized on this experience, never designing another high-rise building. Like many early skyscrapers, it has a clearly delineated division of base, shaft, and crown. The peculiar and clumsily detailed portico that extends over the Main Street sidewalk is a later addition.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Plantation House (Travelers' Building)", [Richmond, 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, 213-213.

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