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129-0005 Roanoke College Main Campus Complex

Roanoke College Main Campus Complex
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 05/16/1972

NRHP Listing Date 03/07/1973

NPS property number 73002226

In a tree-shaded campus in the heart of Salem, this group of academic buildings displays the evolution of the area’s architectural tastes from the mid-19th century through the early 1900s. First known as Virginia Collegiate Institute, Roanoke College was founded in Augusta County in 1842 by two Lutheran pastors, and was moved to Salem in 1847. That same year builders James C. and Joseph Deyerle began erecting Main Building, now the Administration Building. Originally Greek Revival, the building was remodeled in the Neoclassical taste in 1903, receiving a third floor and Corinthian portico. Flanking it are Miller and Trout halls, both begun in 1856. The Gothic-style Bittle Hall was completed in 1879 as a library and is now the office of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Roanoke College continues as a leading educational institution of the region.


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

Updated October 19, 2018