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H. L. Jackson Building

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Late 19th century; 1901 facade. 120 W. Broad St.

When Jackson, an African American and one of Blackstone's most successful merchants, bought this two-story four-bay brick building, he clad it with what is probably a Mesker Brothers cast-iron front as indicated by its similarity to the demolished Mesker-fronted 103 S. Main Street (see NW7). This two-story four-bay building with a particularly well-maintained storefront has two angled entrances. The projecting modillion cornice supported by brackets and decorated with swags and fleur-de-lis is crowned with an entablature adorned with a row of circular motifs. The cresting plate bears Jackson's name and the date of construction. As here, many, if not most, of the cast-iron fronts in Blackstone were added to earlier buildings.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "H. L. Jackson Building", [Blackstone, 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, 298-298.

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