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The General Store (B. P. Knight Store)

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B. P. Knight Store
1891. 2522 Beech Ave.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

The Knight family bought this building in 1902 and opened a general merchandise store, which they operated until the mid-1980s when Donald Lorrier took it over and preserved the contents and character of the place. The second floor originally served as a ten-room hotel with an apartment for the Knight family. Even though it no longer serves as a general store, the interior still possesses its pressed-metal ceiling, original sales counters, rolling ladders, high shelves where goods were retrieved with a long-handled hand-operated claw, and an office area at the rear. The exterior is typical of a commercial wood-frame structure with a weatherboarded and decorative pressed-metal cornice, though the window hoods were removed. The small squares of colored glass in the upper sash are identical to those on the nearby Arcade building (RB27).

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "The General Store (B. P. Knight Store)", [Buena Vista, 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, 132-132.

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