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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

128-0206 Campbell Avenue Complex

Campbell Avenue Complex
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 08/21/1990

NRHP Listing Date 01/24/1991

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easements

NPS property number 90002171

An important vestige of Roanoke’s first major wave of urban construction, the Campbell Avenue Complex is a row of five contiguous, three-story commercial buildings erected to accommodate retail shops and offices. Built between 1892 and 1909, the structures are a reflection of many early commercial ventures and sprang up in the newly incorporated city to serve its principal industry: the Norfolk and Western railroad. Only two blocks from the rail yards, the solid, urbane architecture represented a change from the saloons of Salem Avenue to a more conventional business environment. The buildings are typical of the period, blending Italianate and Neoclassical styles and employing bold sheet-metal cornices. Threatened with demolition in the late 1980s, four of the buildings were purchased for preservation by the city with the assistance of a state grant. The buildings have since been sold for rehabilitation.


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

Updated April 4, 2018