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ABC Store

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c. 1950. 112 N. Main St.

This is one of the many post-Prohibition stores managed by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). There was a uniform Moderne design for the stores. A center plate-glass window is flanked by glass-block windows that each curve back to a door—one for entrance and the other for exit. Heavy fluted concrete piers mark the ends of the building and more delicate fluting frames the doors. ABC stores are single-story buildings and, for security purposes, without a residence above the shop.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "ABC Store", [Chase City, 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, 342-342.

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