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128-5191-0006 H.L. Lawson & Son Warehouse

H.L. Lawson & Son Warehouse
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VLR Listing Date 06/19/2008

NRHP Listing Date 09/05/2008

NPS property number 08000830

Designed by the prominent Roanoke architectural firm of Eubank and Caldwell, the H.L. Lawson & Son Warehouse was built circa 1925, when businessmen in Roanoke, a major railroad hub, began exploring new opportunities arising from the advent of truck and automobile transport, especially in conjunction with rail service. Early on, Harry Leland Lawson, a local insurance executive, businessman, and vice president of the chamber of commerce, established a rail and truck enterprise. To accommodate both forms of transport architecturally, Lawson built a three-story warehouse into the side of a hill. The upper story opened at the building’s rear onto a Norfolk and Western track spur, where workers could unload and load rail cars. Meanwhile, trucks could directly access the lower first-level, which fronts Campbell Avenue. Freight elevators allowed for easy movement of goods between upper and lower levels. Lawson sold the building in 1927 but bought it back in 1931. It remains in the Lawson family today.


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

Updated August 27, 2018