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U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building

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1933, S. H. Bridge and Alex B. Mahood. 400 Neville St. (corner of Woodlawn Ave.)

Facing Woodlawn Avenue, this Depression-era government building has a felicitous and colorful combination of yellow sandstone (the recessed, five-bay central section) and yellow brick (projecting end bays), all above a smooth ashlar plinth. Fluted two-story pilasters with stylized Ionic capitals frame the fenestration of the central section. The three central spandrels are decorative panels showing identical allegorical females who hold, from left to right, a steamship, a steam railroad engine, and an airplane that Amelia Earhart might have piloted. S. H. Bridge, a Beckley architect, worked on the building with Bluefield's talented Alex B. Mahood.

Writing Credits

Author: 
S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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