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Roanoke Street Commercial Buildings

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Late 19th century. 100 blocks of N. and S. Roanoke St.

The intersection of Roanoke and Main streets forms the heart of Fincastle's commercial area. The former Hayth Hotel (c. 1872; 19 N. Roanoke), a frame building with a two-story porch, included a ballroom that was popular for dances and events during the town's heyday as a burgeoning resort. The focal point of the two-story brick Luster Building (c. 1885; 1 S. Roanoke) is a second-story side oriel window used by a dentist to provide light for his work. H. H. Huggins of Roanoke designed the former Bank of Fincastle (1910; 17 S. Roanoke). This small, three-bay, one-story brick building has Ionic columns framing a recessed entrance, a modillion-and-dentil entablature, and a parapet gable with a bold keystoned fanlight. Farther south on S. Roanoke are several late-nineteenth-century houses with spacious porches, some of which served as boardinghouses for summer visitors.

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Anne Carter Lee

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