Virginia Room Digital Collection


The Virginia Room Digital Collection includes photographs, oral histories, books, pamphlets and finding aids to items in the Virginia Room. Continue to check back for new additions.

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Davis GL 98 Pitzer Transfer.jpg
Pitzer Transfer Storage Warehouse, formerly located at the corner of Franklin Road and 2nd Street.

Davis GL 94 Market Street.jpg
Looking north on Market Street.

Davis GL 92 Eleventh Street.jpg
Billboards lining Eleventh Street at Moorman Avenue intersection.

Davis GL 90 Mountain Avenue.jpg
Looking east on Mountain Avenue at 4th Street intersection.

Davis GL 9 Scene in Highland Park.jpg
Scene in Highland Park.

Davis GL 89 Comprehensive Plan.jpg
Map included in John Nolen's Comprehensive Plan for the City of Roanoke.

Davis GL 88 Wasena Terrace.jpg
Looking east on Wasena Terrace.

Davis GL 87 Grandin Road.jpg
Looking north on Grandin Road from Sherwood Avenue.

Davis GL 86 Washington Park.jpg
Washington Park, located at 1610 Burrell Street.

Davis GL 85 FNEB Detail.jpg
Stonework etched with First National Exchange Bank.

Davis GL 84 Center Parkway.jpg
Center Parkway, 9th Street SE.

Davis GL 81 Schulte United Building.jpg
Campbell Avenue as seen from the Schulte United building, formerly located at 16 Campbell Avenue.

Davis GL 80 Giles Brothers Furniture.jpg
Giles Brothers Furniture, formerly located at 108 Campbell Avenue.

Davis GL 8 Stone Bridge.jpg
Children play under stone bridge. Location unknown.


Davis GL 79 Jamison Bakery.jpg
Jamison Company Bakery, formerly located at 541 Salem Avenue.

Davis GL 77 Traffic Congestion Flyer.jpg
Traffic Congestion Flyer circa 1928.

Davis GL 76 Existing Conditions of Roanoke.jpg
Existing Conditions Map of City of Roanoke used in Nolen plan

Davis GL 75 Map of Roanoke.jpg
Map of City of Roanoke and Environs used in the Nolen plan.


Davis GL 72 Fairacres.jpg
Fairacres, located at 2713 Avenham Avenue, was built in 1912 by W.C. Stephenson. It remained in the Stephenson Family until 1963, when it was purchased by the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs. The club kept the home until 2003. It is now a private…

Davis GL 71 Zone Plan City of Roanoke.jpg
Map of City of Roanoke's Zone Plan used in Nolen Plan.

Davis GL 7 Jefferson Street Looking North.jpg
Aerial view of Jefferson Street looking north.

Davis GL 69 Pond in Elmwood Park.jpg
View of pond in Elmwood Park .

Davis GL 68 Allison Avenue.jpg
A view of the 300 block of Allison Avenue.

Davis GL 66 Melrose Park.jpg
Melrose Park on Melrose Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets.

Davis GL 64 Salem Avenue.jpg
Approximately 132 Salem Avenue.

Davis GL 6 Highland Park School.jpg
View of Highland Park Elementary School, located at 1212 5th Street.

Davis GL 59 Panorama.jpg
Panoramic view of Roanoke Valley from Route 221 on Bent Mountain at the top of the climb up the mountain just before it reaches the top.

Davis GL 58 Lynchburg Avenue.jpg
Unknown location on Orange (Lynchburg) Avenue.

Davis GL 57 Mayors Momument.jpg
Mayor's Monument in its original location in Woodland Park at Church Avenue and Sixth Street SE, overlooking the Norfolk and Western Shops. The Mayor

Davis GL 55 Downtown Construction.jpg
View of men working on construction downtown. Totz Department Store can be seen in the background. Totz was located at 117-119 Salem Avenue SW.

Davis GL 52  Old Episcopal Church.jpg
Ruins of an episcopal church in Northeast Roanoke.

Davis GL 5 Montrose Avenue Jog End.jpg
View of the 600 block Montrose Avenue lined with houses.

Davis GL 49 Ninth Street.jpg
View of 9th Street from the intersection with Jamison Avenue.

Davis GL 48 Ponce de Leon.jpg
View of debris behind original Hotel Ponce de Leon.

Davis GL 47 Route 460.jpg
View of Route 460 east of Roanoke.

Davis GL 46 Spring in Weaver Heights Park.jpg
View of the spring once located in Weaver Heights Park.

Davis GL 44 Highland Park.jpg
Recreation in Highland Park

Davis GL 43 Church Avenue.jpg
View of the intersection of Church Avenue and Second Street SW with the sign for the YMCA on the right.

Davis GL 42 Elmwood Park.jpg
View of Elmwood Park from the Patrick Henry Hotel.

Davis GL 41 Ponce De Leon Hotel.jpg
View of the rear of the Hotel Ponce De Leon, with the remainder of a building's foundation visible in foreground.

Davis GL 40 Railway Station.jpg
View from Williamson Road of Virginia Railway Station. Jefferson Street bridge in background.

Davis GL 4 Mill Mountain and Roanoke Valley.jpg
View of Mill Mountain and the surrounding Roanoke Valley

Davis GL 38 Public Library in Elmwood Park.jpg
View of the first Roanoke Public Library in Elmwood Park. The library was located in the Terry House, a gift to the city from the Terry Family.

Davis GL 37 Dog Mouth Fountain.jpg
Sketch of the Dog Mouth Fountain. The fountain was acquired by the city in 1898. It stands at the corner of Salem Avenue and Market Street.

Davis GL 36 Roanoke Hospital.jpg
Roanoke Hospital at the foot of Mill Mountain. The Mill Mountain incline can be seen to the right.

Davis GL 35 Panoramic View from Mill Mountain.jpg
A panoramic sketch from Mill Mountain by Louis Ruyl of New York for the Chamber of Commerce. Caption reads, "Showing spurs of the Blue Ridge with the Alleghany Mountains in the distance, and the Roanoke bowl or amphitheater, McAfee's Knob at left,…

Davis GL 34 Tennis Courts at Elmwood.jpg
The tennis courts once in Elmwood Park.

Davis GL 33 Motor Routes to Roanoke.jpg
Chamber of Commerce map showing roads to Roanoke.

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Davis GL 32 Play Day.jpg
"Play Day" at Maher field 12 May 1928.

Davis GL 31 Patterson Avenue.jpg
A view of Patterson Avenue.

Davis GL 30 Campbell Avenue.jpg
View of West Campbell Avenue at 8th Street intersection, 1928.

Davis GL 3 Melrose Park.jpg
View of people playing recreational games in Melrose Park.

Davis GL 29 Truck.jpg
Image of a tanker style truck.


Davis GL 269 Jefferson Street.jpg
Northwest corner at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Campbell Avenue.

Davis GL 26 State and City Bank.jpg
Side view of State & City Bank, once located at approximately 206 Jefferson Street. This photo was taken after a building was razed.

Davis GL 25 Southeast.jpg
View of several homes in Southeast.

Davis GL 242 Shaffers Crossing.jpg
North entrance to Shaffer's Crossing.

Davis GL 241 10th Street.jpg
A view of 10th Street NW at Williamson Road and the Oakland School.

Davis GL 237 Walnut Avenue Bridge.jpg
Side view of the Walnut Avenue and Jefferson Street bridges.

Davis GL 232 Northeast.jpg
Derelict home in Northeast. Exact location unknown.

Davis GL 23 Jefferson Street.jpg
View of advertisement signs hanging from the front of buildings along South Jefferson Street.

Davis GL 222 Patrick Henry Hotel.jpg
View of Patrick Henry Hotel from Elmwood Park.

Davis GL 22 Single Family Dwelling.jpg
View of a single family dwelling made of brick.


Davis GL 21.1 Terry Building.jpg
Image of a building being demolished with coat laying on ladder.

Davis GL 21 Terry Building.jpg
Image of a building being demolished.

Davis GL 20 Salem Avenue.tif
View of Salem Avenue east from Second Street, SW. Buildings lines street with painted advertisements.

Davis GL 2.1 Scene in Elmwood Park.jpg
Scene in Elmwood Park viewing the rose garden.

Davis GL 2 Scene in Elmwood Park.jpg
Scene in Elmwood Park with a view of Patrick Henry Hotel.

Davis GL 19 Campbell Avenue.jpg
Looking west on Campbell Avenue at intersection with Jefferson Street.

Davis GL 18 Windsor Avenue.jpg
Windsor Avenue in Raleigh Court

Davis GL 172 Hotel Patrick Henry.jpg
View of Hotel Patrick Henry from Elmwood Park

Davis GL 17 Unidentified Building.jpg
Unidentified building near downtown.

Davis GL 165 GN Natural Bridge.jpg
Natural Bridge

Davis GL 16 Neighborhood.jpg
Though not in Roanoke, this Longview, Washington neighborhood scene was used as an example in John Nolen's plan for Roanoke.

Davis GL 14 Pond in Elmwood Park.jpg
View of pond in Elmwood Park.

Davis GL 13 Church Avenue.jpg
View of Church Avenue looking east from Commerce Street (now 2nd Street). Greene Memorial UMC visible on right, old YMCA visible on left.

Davis GL 12 Watts Springs.jpg
View of two men standing beside Watts Springs.

Davis GL 111 Fire Escape Diagram.jpg
Fire Escape diagram depicting a "state-of-the-art" fire escape containing a slide.


Davis GL 110 Campbell Avenue.jpg
Various business signs along E. Campbell Avenue.

Davis GL 11 Staunton Avenue.jpg
View of Staunton Avenue near 24th Street.

Davis GL 108 Salem Avenue.jpg
Vacant store fronts in the 100 block of Salem Avenue.

Davis GL 105 Melrose Avenue.jpg
Melrose Avenue. Exact location unknown.

Davis GL 104 Maiden Lane.jpg
Houses on Maiden Lane.

Davis GL 100 Playground in Norwich.jpg
PLayground in Norwich neighborhood.

Davis GL 10 Rorer Avenue.jpg
View of buildings along Rorer Avenue.
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