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108-0111-0071 Danville Municipal Building

Danville Municipal Building
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VLR Listing Date 04/28/1995

NRHP Listing Date 07/21/1995

NPS property number 95000896

The turn-of-the-century architectural movement termed the American Renaissance endowed cities and towns with grand classical works that lend a strong sense of continuity and place. A relatively late but nonetheless effective expression of this movement is the Danville Municipal building, a tour de force of civic stagecraft. Fronted by a monumental Ionic colonnade and closing a vista on a tight site amid relatively narrow streets, the building exudes a European urbanity. It was designed by the local firm of Heard and Chesterman and completed in 1927. The project was generated by a desire to consolidate expanded municipal offices with court facilities. No less imposing is the interior, the corridors and principal rooms of which are a bold display of columns, pilasters, and other classical details. The building now houses only municipal offices.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018