Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Norfolk & Western General Office Building
In 1905, an identical building was added resulting in the two buildings you see today. This was the corporate address for the N&W for almost a century. Within the railroad this was known as GOB-South, or "the old building."
The N&W decided to build an additional new office building to the north of the existing offices on Jefferson Street. The old and new buildings were connected through the basement and with an overhead enclosed walkway. The building, known as GOB-North or "the new building" is a tasteful design that holds up well today, designed by local architect Paul Hayes and completed in May 1931.
After the headquarters
It is easy to see how a fire might have started in the days of paper files. This is just one office, among many, involved in freight traffic billing in 1925, with its mountains of paper.
Additional building well underway in 1905.
The twin South buildings do not look too different today than in this September 1920 scene.
In January 1930, the work is proceeding for the North building in this view from the Hotel Roanoke lawn.
All Photos unless otherwise credited: Norfolk and Western Railway/Kenneth L. Miller Collection
Panel Design and Content by Miller Design & Photography ©2006
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 16.389′ N, 79° 56.446′ W. Marker is in Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is on Norfolk Avenue Southwest west of South Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located along the walkway near Roanoke Station, overlooking active railroad tracks to the north and the subject Norfolk & Western General Office Building across the tracks in the distance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Jefferson Street (a few steps from this marker); First Train to Big Lick (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Roanoke (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank (about 300 feet away); Norfolk and Western Passenger Station (about 400 feet away); The Market Square Walkway (about 400 feet away); Today's Rail Traffic (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Hotel Roanoke (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown Roanoke.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.