Near the Tennessee border in the City of Bristol, the Piedmont Avenue Boundary Increase enlarges the previously-listed Bristol Commercial Historic District by adding two blocks of Piedmont Avenue north of State Street. Bristol arose as a railroad town, but Piedmont Avenue marks the arrival of the automobile era to the city and reflects the surge in popularity of the auto and auto-centric lifestyle from 1930 through the 1950s. The boundary increase incorporates ten buildings including a former Streamline Moderne-style Greyhound Bus Station (1938), an Art Deco-influenced Bristol Masonic Temple (1931), a Neo-Classical-style U.S. Post Office (1933) of brick and limestone construction, and a Moderne-inspired Firestone tire and auto service building (1936). The district also boasts two early 1930s single-story Commercial-style buildings that housed various shops and hardware and department stores.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark