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Ragtime Fabrics (Rockingham Motor Company)

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Rockingham Motor Company
1920, T. J. Collins and Son. 60 W. Market St.
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

This two-story brick building that shows the influence of the European Secession movement is one of the most elaborate of the downtown commercial buildings. Built as a showroom for a motor company specializing in Ford automobiles, the building's facade is divided by brick piers into three wide-arched bays with display windows and one narrow entrance bay. These piers extend slightly beyond the roofline and at cornice level are decorated with blue and yellow glazed tiles. Above the display windows, the Rockingham Motor Company's name is spelled out in Art Nouveaustyled blue letters. A carved lion's head is over the entrance. The motor company moved out of the building in 1965, and the building now serves different commercial functions.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Ragtime Fabrics (Rockingham Motor Company)", [Harrisonburg, 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, 88-88.

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