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Commercial Building (Star Video, Trailways Bus Terminal)

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Star Video, Trailways Bus Terminal
c. 1940. E. 5th St. at E. Clinton Ave.

Situated in the heart of downtown Big Stone Gap, the former Trailways Bus Terminal is a reminder of the importance bus transportation had to remote towns in the region, linking them to distant destinations and providing inexpensive transportation. This Streamline Moderne station has the style's characteristic smooth and curved wall surfaces, bands of glass-block windows, and curved canopies extending over side and rear loading platforms. A two-story square entrance and clock tower interject a vertical element into an otherwise horizontal composition. Although the stuccoed brick building has undergone some modifications, it still retains much of its simple streamlined character.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Commercial Building (Star Video, Trailways Bus Terminal)", [Big Stone Gap, 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, 509-509.

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