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Institution Name: Roanoke College
Original/Historic Place Name: Roanoke County Courthouse
Location on Campus: 301 E. Main St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1910original construction Huggins, H. H.
1946additions Unknown
1960additions Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: metal; terra cotta
ca. 1910-1985other (County Courthouse)
ca. 1985-present (2007)academic department building
ca. 1985-present (2007)classrooms

Significance: architecture, education, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterMain Campus Complex, Roanoke College (1973)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Built in 1909 and dedicated in April 1910, this former courthouse became a Roanoke College facility in 1987. It is one of the oldest public buildings in the Roanoke Valley, having served the county until 1985, and has been described as one of the best examples of Beaux Art architecture in the state of Virginia.

Roanoke County and the Town of Salem hired Roanoke architect Henry Huggins to execute his design in the classical revival style. Additions to the structure were made in 1946 and again in 1960 when the original courtroom was altered to create a third floor. Today the building serves as an academic center for the College; it houses classrooms and offices for four departments.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Eisenberg, William E. The First Hundred Years, Roanoke College, 1842-1942. Salem, VA: Trustees of Roanoke College, 1942.

Miller, Mark F. Dear Old Roanoke, A Sesquicentennial Portrait, 1842-1992. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1992.

Traditions: Roanoke College Yesterday and Today. Salem, VA: Roanoke College, 1981.

Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Main Campus Complex, Roanoke College. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/ Park Service, 1973.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Unknown
—details: Archives, Roanoke College.
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