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Historic Colonial Hotel

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1910, Pember and Kearfott. E. Main St. at Spring Ave.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Located near the Wise County Courthouse, this hotel offered comfortable accommodations to travelers and provided a convenient meeting place for social events and for the transaction of business in this county seat. Designed by a firm from Bristol and built by local contractor D. J. Phipps, this large two-story brick building dominates its corner site with a monumental pedimented portico facing the street corner. It features paneled pillars, Ionic columns, and an unusual latticed opening in the pediment. Originally, the building had one-story porches on each side of the portico, but the one on the right was enclosed in the mid-twentieth century. In 2007 the Wise County Industrial Development Authority purchased the building, which is being renovated.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Historic Colonial Hotel", [Wise, 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, 505-505.

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