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Commercial Building (William Preston Hotel)

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William Preston Hotel
1900; 1922; 1934, Eubank and Caldwell. 220 N. Main St.

In 1934 the two-story Ellett's Drugstore of 1900 and the three-story first Lyric Theatre of 1922 were refaced and linked to form the William Preston Hotel. The two-story portion of the hotel, described at the time as being redone in the French Classical style, was stuccoed and detailed with a modillion cornice, a paneled parapet, and arched openings in the rusticated first story. The three-story portion acquired four Ionic pilasters, central stuccoing, and a modillion cornice.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Commercial Building (William Preston Hotel)", [Blacksburg, 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, 431-431.

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