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Marion Railway Depot

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1903, Charles S. Churchill. 651 N. Main St.

Designed by the chief engineer for the Norfolk and Western Railway, this is an example of a once-common design used for the company's passenger stations. The rectangular brick building is dominated by a tall, wide, hipped roof that extends to provide a bracketed canopy around all sides of the structure. The roof is accented by hipped-roofed dormers and a Tudor Revival half-timbered gable above a bay window projection on the trackside wall. Passenger service stopped in 1971. Currently housing offices, the building is a reminder of the importance of the railroad to southwestern Virginia towns at the turn of the twentieth century.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Marion Railway Depot", [Marion, 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, 462-462.

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