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Commercial Building

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1898. 501 State St.
  • (John W. Cahill)
  • (John W. Cahill)
  • (John W. Cahill)
  • (John W. Cahill)
  • (John W. Cahill)
  • (John W. Cahill)

One of only a few late-nineteenth-century commercial buildings surviving on State Street, this one curves around the corner of Lee Street. Above the rusticated limestone first story rise two brick stories with Romanesque-inspired arched windows. A simple limestone cornice and a brick parapet complete the building. This building has housed numerous businesses in its history and the third story was once the meeting place for the local Masonic lodge. A good example of the decorative use of brick in early-twentieth-century commercial architecture is the two-story brick building (1922) at 709 State. Dark- and light-red bricks are laid in patterns of diamonds, chevrons, and combinations of stretchers and headers. The building is topped by an equally decorative brick parapet with a central arched parapet outlined in concrete.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Commercial Building", [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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