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118-0110 Allied Arts Building

Allied Arts Building
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VLR Listing Date 04/16/1985

NRHP Listing Date 12/19/1985

NRHP Reference Number 85003203

A symbol of progressive modernity, Lynchburg’s Allied Arts Building is a classic expression of the Art Deco Skyscraper style that dominated tall buildings in the 1920s and ’30s. Designed by Lynchburg architects Stanhope Johnson and Ray O. Brannan, and completed in 1931, the strongly vertical composition recalls the visionary skyscraper renderings of Hugh Ferriss. For Johnson, who worked primarily in the Colonial Revival style, the compositon design marked a break with the past and an effort to put his city in the forefront of contemporary design. The steel-frame structure is clad in a combination of buff brick and locally quarried greenstone. Effective use of these materials visually divides the building into three major components: base, office shaft, and capital. Still a dominant element of Lynchburg’s skyline, the Allied Arts Building continues to provide professional office space.

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

Updated: February 11, 2021