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128-6065 Salem Avenue/Roanoke Automotive Commercial Historic District

Salem Avenue/Roanoke Automotive Commercial Historic District
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2021

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

See link(s) below to view additional documentation.

VLR Listing Date 06/06/2007

NRHP Listing Date 08/08/2007

NRHP Reference Number 07000807; 08000425; 14000235

The buildings within the Salem Avenue/Roanoke Automotive Commercial Historic District, located in the southwestern section of the city of Roanoke, are representative of typical commercial and light industrial buildings of their day and illustrate the impressive growth in the city, including the emergence of the automobile, during the early 20th century. By the 1920s, the automobile had become an important aspect of the city’s character and numerous automobile service businesses and dealers came into being. Several of these established themselves on Salem and Campbell avenues, and these buildings form the core of this district.

In 2008 and again in 2013, the boundaries of the Salem Avenue/Roanoke Automotive Commercial Historic District were increased to include several more automobile-related enterprises that arose in the early 20th century.
2008 Boundary Increase: VLR Listed 9/20/2007; NRHP Listed 6/4/2008
2013 Boundary Increase: VLR Listed 3/20/2014; NRHP Listed 10/22/2014

2008 Boundary Increase Nomination

2013 Boundary Increase Nomination

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

Updated: October 15, 2021