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Roanoke Street Commercial Buildings

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Late 19th century. 100 blocks of N. and S. Roanoke St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • Hayth Hotel (former) (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Luster Building (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Bank of Fincastle (former) (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Bank of Fincastle (former) (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Houses on S. Roanoke (Photograph by Mark Mones)

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.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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