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Gainsboro Library

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1941–1942, Eubank and Caldwell. 15 Patton Ave. NW
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

This one-story L-shaped library has always served the surrounding African American community. Domestic in scale and appearance, the red brick building has a steep slate roof with flared eaves and its central entrance is marked by a steep gable at the roofline. On each side of the entrance is a bow window flanked by heavily mullioned windows. The interior is dominated by a large reading room with adjoining spaces for an office and a reference room, and a lecture room is in a rear ell.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Gainsboro Library", [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, 417-417.

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