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Thomas Walker High School

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1939–1940; 1971 additions, Beeson and Beeson. 126 Blue Gray Rd.

Named for a Virginian who explored nearby Cumberland Gap, this is the largest school in Lee County and also the most architecturally distinguished. The original building consisted of eleven bays and a gabled entrance pavilion highlighted by brick quoins and a Palladian window above a recessed entrance. In 1971 a three-bay addition was constructed at the east end of the building as well as a large addition to the west, which doubled the size of the school. The additions, designed by a Johnson City, Tennessee, firm, so closely resemble the original building that it is difficult to determine which section preceded the other.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Thomas Walker High School", [Rose Hill, 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, 514-514.

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