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Rorer Memorial Building (Danville Register and Bee)

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Danville Register and Bee
1922, H. A. Underwood and Company(?). 125 S. Union St.

A tour de force of false stone cast to resemble granite, this building utilizes the material not only for broad surfaces but also for pilasters, columns, window surrounds, lion's heads, and, best of all, a newsboy keystone. A rainbow of terra-cotta colors forms the ceiling of its recessed portico and display cases. Although only two stories high, this concrete-frame edifice was built to support an eleven-story high-rise, an unfulfilled hope based on Danville's dreams of becoming a major city.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Rorer Memorial Building (Danville Register and Bee)", [Danville, 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, 368-368.

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