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Davis Storage and Warehouse No. 7 (Pemberton and Penn Tobacco Company)

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Pemberton and Penn Tobacco Company
c. 1890. 541 Bridge St.

On a particularly well-preserved cobble-stoned street, this three-and-a-half-story ten-bay brick building (with a lower floor on the downslope of the river side), with its adjacent office building, is one of the later and more elaborate tobacco factories. Its two central bays, framed by shallow pilasters with recessed panels, ascend above the hipped roof to form a truncated tower flanked by six round-arched dormers. The four side bays of the building are in turn divided into groups of two by similar pilasters. The elaborate brick cornice is repeated beneath the solid parapet of the recessed two-story office building with its one-story porch spanning the facade. This, like many of the old tobacco buildings now owned and operated by Davis Storage, is used to store goods from all over the country awaiting shipment to their final destinations.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Davis Storage and Warehouse No. 7 (Pemberton and Penn Tobacco Company)", [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, 369-369.

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