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FE294 Shenandoah Building.jpg
The Shenandoah Building is located at 305 1st Street.

FE283 Post Office.jpg
Roanoke's second federally funded post office was constructed on the same site as the first, the corner of Church Avenue and 1st Street. It was built in 1914 and replaced in 1933.

FE211 Witten-Martin Furniture.jpg
Located at 213 1st Street SW, the Masonic temple was constructed in 1911. For many years, the first floor was occupied by various retail establishments, as evidenced in this photograph when Witten-Martin Furniture Company occupied the space.

FE142 Roanoke Printing Company.jpg
Roanoke Printing Company occupies the Bolling Building, formerly located on the southwest corner of Church Avenue and 1st Street SW.

FE057 1st Street.jpg
Looking north on 1st Street from Church Avenue.

FE049 1st Street.jpg
Looking north on 1st Street from Church Avenue.

FE034 Horton Livery.jpg
Horton and Roberts Livery Stable stood on Henry Street (now 1st Street SW) just north of the northeast corner of Henry Street and Church Avenue.

FE032 Post Office.jpg
Roanoke's second federally funded post office was constructed on the same site as the first, the corner of Church Avenue and 1st Street. It was built in 1914 and replaced in 1933.

FE028 Fire Ladder.jpg
Firemen pose on a ladder pulled by horses. The building in the background was on the corner of 1st Street and Church Avenue.

TNC 61.0 YWCA Building.jpg
The former Roanoke YWCA building located at 605 1st Street, SW.

TNC 51.3 AEP Building.jpg
Construction of Appalachian Power building from Franklin Road, located at 606 1st Street, SW.

TNC 51.2 AEP Building.jpg
Construction of Appalachian Power building viewed from 1st Street, SW.

TNC 51.1 AEP Building.jpg
Appalachian Power, located at 606 1st Street, SW.

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Throngs of Christmas shoppers at Heironimus.

SHH023.jpg
Exterior of Heironimus decorated for Christmas.

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The Masonic Temple was located on the northwest corner of First and Kirk Street. In 1915, the street level was occupied by Reams, Jones and Blankenship furniture store. The store’s slogan was “Marry the girl – we’ll furnish the home.”

Davis 19.141 YWCA.jpg
The Young Women's Christian Association formed a Roanoke chapter in 1914. This building was built around 1930 at the 605 1st Street SW.

MP 4.423 1st Street.jpg
Looking south on 1st Street from the 1st Street Bridge. The bridge connected Henry Street to Downtown Roanoke. The bridge was renamed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2003.

Scyphers4 1st Street.jpg
Looking south on 1st Street.

Davis 2.26 Anchor Building.jpg
The Anchor Building under construction. Built by Roanoke Gas Company, it was completed in 1910 and is located at the corner of 1st Street and Kirk Avenue. The building was used by Roanoke Gas until 1931 when Shenandoah Life Insurance Company…

Davis 48k Kroger.jpg
Kroger formerly located at 305 1st Street SE.

Davis 44.2299 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
Auto Spring & Bearing Company, formerly located at the corner of Luck Avenue and 1st Street SW.

Davis 44.2298 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
Looking east at Auto Spring & Bearing Company, formerly located at the corner of Luck Avenue and 1st Street SW.

Davis 43.311 Bank of Virginia.jpg
Construction of the Bank of Virginia, formerly located at 102 Church Avenue SW, is now First Citizens Bank.

Davis2 43.1271 AEP.jpg
Contruction of Appalachian Power office located at 614 1st Street SW. View looking east on Bullitt Avenue.

Davis2 43.11 Shenandoah Building.jpg
The Shenandoah Building, located at 305 1st Street.

Davis 65.92 NW Pugh Fire.jpg
The NW Pugh Department Store caught fire on 3 February 1935. The store was located at 35 Campbell Avenue. Spectators watch as Roanoke Fire Department extinguishes the fire.

Davis 6.81 Old PO Foundation.jpg
Looking SE at the intersection of Church Street and Henry Street (1st) at the Old Post Office Foundation.

Davis 55.72 Capture of Sidna Allen and Welsey Edwards.jpg
Capture and jail transport of Sidney Allen and Wesley Edwards. Both men were members of the infamous Allen clan that opened fire on the Carroll County Courthouse in 1912 and subsequently led Baldwin-Felts Detective Agents (of Roanoke, VA) on a…

Davis 5.4 Franklin Road.jpg
An aerial view of Franklin Road at 1st and 2nd Street. The building in the upper right corner is Lee Junior High School, which was razed to build the Poff Federal Building.

Davis 44.341b Fisher's Supply Employees.jpg
Unidentified employees of Fisher Supply Company, formerly located at 411 1st Street.

Davis 44.341a Fisher Supply.jpg
The interior of Fisher Supply Company, formerly located at 411 1st Street.

Davis 44.2296 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
Loading dock of Auto Spring & Bearing Co. Inc., looking north toward intersection of Luck Avenue & 1st Street. 1st Street can be seen in background.

Davis 44.2292 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
Auto Spring & Bearing Co. Inc.

Davis 44.2291 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
Auto Spring & Bearing Company, formerly located at the corner of Luck Avenue and 1st Street..

Davis 44.228 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
Auto Spring & Bearing Company, formerly located at the corner of Luck Avenue and 1st Street..

Davis 44.226 Auto Spring & Bearing Personnel.jpg
Unidentified personnel of Auto Spring & Bearing Company.

Davis 44.2242 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
An interior view of Auto Spring & Bearing Company.

Davis 44.2241 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
The interior of Auto Spring & Bearing Company, formerly located at the corner of Luck Avenue and 1st Street.

Davis 44.223 Auto Spring & Bearing.jpg
Auto Spring & Bearing Co. Inc. Shipping & Receiving Dept.

Davis 44.222 Auto Spring & Bearing Personnel.jpg
Auto Spring & Bearing unidentified office personnel.

Davis 44.22 Auto Spring & Bearing Co. Inc..jpg
Auto Spring & Bearing Co. Inc. , formerly located at the corner of Luck Avenue and 1st Street.

Davis 44.16 Sunnyside Awning Co..jpg
Sunnyside Awning Company, formerly located at 621 1st Street.

Davis 43.213 N&W General Offices.jpg
The Norfolk and Western General Offices once stood at the corner of Jefferson Street and 1st Street. The building was destroyed by fire 4 January 1896.

Davis 43.212 N&W General Offices Fire.jpg
N&W General Offices fire. Formerly located at the corner of Jefferson and 1st Street, the building was a total loss.

Davis 43.211 N&W General Offices Fire.jpg
N&W General Offices fire. Formerly located at the corner of Jefferson and 1st Street, the building was a total loss.

Davis 43.21_N&W Office fires.jpg
N&W General Offices fire. Formerly located at the corner of Jefferson and 1st Street, the building was a total loss.

Davis 43.2-1 Norfolk & Western Office Building.jpg
Norfolk & Western Regional Offices, once located at the corner of Jefferson Street and 1st Street.

Davis 43.13 McBain Building.jpg
The McBain building was located at 34 Campbell Avenue. Stone Smoke Shop sign visible in front of building. The building was razed in 1956.

Davis 19.14 YWCA.jpg
The YWCA located at the corner of Franklin Road and First Street.

Davis 12.1 Roanoke Post Office.jpg
First post office. N.E. corner of Church Ave., S.W. and 1st Street.

Davis 1.252 Parking lot in front of AEPs Roanoke office.jpg
Parking lot in front of AEP's Roanoke Office at the corner of Franklin Road and 1st Street SW
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