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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

133-5032 Professional Building

Professional Building
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/16/1999

NRHP Listing Date 08/12/1999

NPS property number 99001005

Professional Building was built from 1916-1919 as the American Bank and Trust Company, and was designed by Norfolk architect John Kevan Peebles. Peebles is noted for his work at the 1907 Jamestown Exposition and the University of Virginia. The Professional Building represents one of a few multi-story skyscrapers built in the city, and it commands a key downtown intersection. As such, the building exemplifies an era of prosperity marked by the construction of prominent, impressive structures meant to convey high status. The Professional Building retains its imposing banking lobby with a 20-foot coffered ceiling supported by monumental Tuscan columns.


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

Updated April 4, 2018