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Eight Jefferson Place Apartments (Norfolk and Western General Offices, South Building)
This handsome Renaissance Revival office building was designed by Pearson as a palatial setting for Virginia's railroad princes, a commercial setting as impressive as was Pearson's Hotel Roanoke (RK29). The H-shaped building, constructed in two campaigns, rises from a rusticated granite base to a first story of brown brick with round-arched windows. The second story features “rusticated” joints, an illusion created by narrow rows of dark-brown brick contrasting with honey-colored brick. Above that, and set off by a stone belt course, are three stories of brick (from Ohio) with darker-colored brick quoins. The final story has distinctive brick diapering and a bracketed cornice. Small hipped dormers capped by copper finials line the roof. The whole is an imaginative combination of decorative brickwork and gave the railroad company a visible symbol of its wealth and importance. The N&W showed a preference for brick construction for its most important buildings. The building has been converted into approximately eighty upscale apartments.
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