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Francis K. West Hall (Roanoke County Courthouse)

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Roanoke County Courthouse
1910, H. H. Huggins; 1990s remodeled, Balzer Associates. 301 E. Main St.

Long considered one of the Roanoke-based architect's most ambitious courthouse designs, this temple-fronted Beaux-Arts Classical building of buff-colored brick with stone and cast-concrete detailing presents an impressive frontage. The facade is dominated by a projecting portico with four full-height unfluted columns with Ionic capitals. An eared and pedimented surround highlights the central entrance, and the walls and roofline are accentuated by a plethora of classical elements, including quoins, keystones, pilasters, and a heavy modillion cornice. The courthouse, which served until 1985, was purchased by Roanoke College in 1987 and now houses offices and classrooms.

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Author: 
Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Francis K. West Hall (Roanoke County Courthouse)", [Salem, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-RK2.

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, 403-403.

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