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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

128-0050 Coffee Pot

Coffee Pot
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VLR Listing Date 03/20/1996

NRHP Listing Date 05/31/1996

NRHP Reference Number 96000575

An example of the architecture of roadside popular culture, sometimes referred to as “mimetic” architecture, the Coffee Pot, built in 1936, was clearly designed to attract the attention of the passing motorist. The gimmick feature of the building is the large coffee pot structure which originally had steam emanating from its spout. Such three dimensional signs signaled the function of the place, making them amusing, unforgettable landmarks. Ironically, though it sported a coffee pot, the building originally was designed as a tea house and filling station. The basic architectural character is the rustic style popularized by National Park Service facilities, here employing unhewn vertical logs. The coffee pot itself is a masonry-formed structure. The Coffee Pot eventually became a popular roadhouse where locals and travelers alike congregated for dancing and beer drinking. It continues as an entertainment venue.

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

Updated April 4, 2018