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Bristol Train Station

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1902, George T. Pearson(?); 2008 restored, Thompson and Litton. 101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Situated just east of Bristol's commercial area, this large two-story brick and stone structure is one of a series of depots built before World War I by the Norfolk and Western Railway. John Pettyjohn of Lynchburg was the contractor. Unusually large and sophisticated for a small Virginia city, the station incorporates Romanesque elements in its prominent hipped-roof end pavilion, notably the blind arcading and decorative brick diapering. A shed-roofed porch supported by slender cast-iron columns surrounds the building and echoes the deep bracketed eaves of the main roof above. After the termination of passenger service, the station stood vacant for many years until it was converted into a shopping mall in the 1980s. Following a restoration in 2008, the station is now a venue for events and meetings.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Bristol Train Station", [Bristol, 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, 474-474.

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