Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The David R. and Susan S. Goode Railwalk
The Hotel quickly became known for its fine dining and amenities. The Hotel Roanoke was THE place Roanokers would eat for occasions, banquets, and wedding receptions. It was simply “the Hotel,” no explanation needed.
The railroad also constantly held events, meetings and dinners at the Hotel for employees, visitors, and dignitaries. Not blessed with the scenic setting of the Greenbrier on the Chesapeake & Ohio, but renown for its services as well, the Hotel went through its trials and tribulations through the years, but not once, until December 1989 were the doors closed. Over the years, the original structure changed its looks and accommodations, but would not stray far from its original styling.
The Hotel, original General Office Building and Union Station were all styled to make a family of railroad-owned
In 1982, Norfolk and Western merged with the Southern Railway to form the Norfolk Southern Corporation. NS concentrated on their primary business, operating their railroads, and were less interested in being in the hotel business. When the headquarters was moved from Roanoke to Norfolk in the 1980s, it marked the end of an era in many ways. The Hotel was given to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Virginia Tech and the City collaborated on a new partnership. Tech remodeled the Hotel, the City built a conference center. It continues to be “the Hotel” for Roanokers and now serves more patrons than ever since it reopened in 1995.
Connecting the Hotel with downtown Roanoke is the Market Square Walkway with a viewing area over the NS mainlines. There are a number of informative panels with historical information available in the walkway.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 37° 16.387′ N, 79° 56.391′ W. Marker is in Downtown Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker is on Norfolk Avenue SE west of Market Street SE, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norfolk and Western Passenger Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Market Square Walkway (within shouting distance of this marker); Today's Rail Traffic (within shouting distance of this marker); North Jefferson Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Roanoke - A Railroad Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Fast Freight (within shouting distance of this marker); The Finest Steam Passenger Locomotive (within shouting distance of this marker); Power Behind the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown Roanoke.
More about this marker. All pictures are Norfolk and Western Railway photos provided for the marker from the collection of Kenneth L. Miller.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 871 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 12, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.