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Center in the Square (McGuire Building)

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McGuire Building
1914; 1983 rehabilitation, Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern; 2013 renovation and addition, Spectrum Design. 1 Market St. SE

Bustling with activity, this five-story L-shaped brick building, once a furniture store and warehouse building, is now a cultural conglomerate housing arts, science, and history museums and societies. The renovation of 2013 includes a sustainable rooftop with dining areas, a garden, and a butterfly habitat. The building's location downtown thus energizes the often-rarified atmosphere of cultural institutions.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Center in the Square (McGuire Building)", [Roanoke, 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, 413-413.

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