The A. G. Pless, Jr., House is a two-story wood-frame residence located on old U.S. Route 58 in the city of Galax that embodies the characteristics of the Colonial Revival style of the early-20th-century. Its style was clearly influenced by house precedents in Colonial Williamsburg, which was being developed when the Pless House was built in 1939. The house was carefully detailed by Winston-Salem architect William Roy Wallace with box cornices, beaded frieze boards, carved modillion blocks, simple rakeboards, beaded weatherboards, and copper ogee built-in gutters. Wallace became known for his expertise in designing residences in the colonial style during the first half of the 20th century. Asbury Glenn Pless, Jr., graduated from the University of Florida, where he lettered in football, baseball and track. Pless then played minor league baseball until he lost a hand in an automobile accident. He then settled in Galax, starting a successful regional appliance and furniture business during the depression, while also serving as the head football coach for Galax High School. Pless served on the city council, where he was instrumental in persuading the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement flood control along Chestnut Creek after a flood in 1941. A.G. Pless, Jr., retired in 1971 and then helped form the Jeff Mathews Museum, which focuses on Galax area history. The A.G. Pless, Jr., House retains all of its architectural and landscape elements as well as its site context along old U.S. 58, now known as Glendale Road.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark