Gainsboro in Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-98b.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable Places • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 16.482′ N, 79° 56.28′ W. Marker is in Gainsboro in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Wells Avenue NE and Commonwealth Avenue NE, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Hotel Roanoke (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil Rights Trailblazers (about 600 feet away); Health Care and Medicine (about 600 feet away); Milestones in Education (about 600 feet away); From Frontier to Urban Community... A Gainsboro Prelude (about 600 feet away); Evolution of a Neighborhood Name (about 600 feet away); Social and Cultural Life (about 600 feet away); A Once-Vibrant African American Community (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainsboro.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for the Hotel Roanoke. “In 1992, the ‘Renew Roanoke’ campaign was launched to raise enough money to reopen the hotel. Virginia Tech had set a deadline of December 31, 1992 to have enough money. By late fall, the campaign was still short $1,000,000. In an unprecedented Christmas-time fundraiser, the campaign succeeded, raising $5,006,000. Norfolk Southern then donated an additional $2,000,000; 30 times what it received for the hotel. The Hotel Roanoke was completely remodeled and restored and a new conference center was built directly adjacent. A pedestrian bridge was (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 822 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.