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127-5811 Coliseum -- Duplex Envelope Company Building

Coliseum -- Duplex Envelope Company Building
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VLR Listing Date 12/10/1998

NRHP Listing Date 01/29/1999

NPS property number 99000077

Coliseum, Duplex Envelope Company, at 1339-1363 W Broad Street, is a massive, red-brick, three-story, mixed-use building, constructed in 1922 for prominent local businessmen Gibson Worsham and Archer Jones. They developed it as the city’s first coliseum, and originally used it as a skating rink and performance hall. In the late 1920s, the building was converted into the headquarters of the Duplex Envelope Company, with a large part of the building set aside as space for an automobile dealership. The Duplex Envelope Company occupied the majority of the space from 1927-1975 and, while at this location, grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of church-offering envelopes.


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

Updated August 28, 2018