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Commercial Building (Appalachian Power Company Building)

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Appalachian Power Company Building
c. 1929, Alex B. Mahood. 34 W. Main St.

For the area, this is an early example of modernism. Faced with glazed white brick, the building's central entrance is flanked by two large plate-glass windows set on black marble bases and surmounted by black-glass transoms. Greenish-blue tiles fill the spandrels below the second-story casement windows and with bands of copper-colored tiles together create a subtle play of geometry and color.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Commercial Building (Appalachian Power Company Building)", [Pulaski, 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, 444-445.

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