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Commercial Buildings on Main Street

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Late 19th-early 20th century. 400 block of Main St.

This block is characterized by buildings with a rich variety of turn-of-the-twentieth-century brickwork. Sawtooth and basketweave decoration, corbeled and stepped cornices, and the striped decorative effect of alternating red and cream brick are all present. The fine two-story double building at 427 Main (1890s) has slender metal columns framing its two store-front entrances and a particularly elaborate pressed-metal cornice capping the building.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Commercial Buildings on Main Street", [South Boston, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 354-354.

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