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Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hotel Roanoke

 
 
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By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
1. Hotel Roanoke Marker
Inscription. The Hotel Roanoke was built in 1892 by the Norfolk and Western Railroad. Over the next century, despite fire and depression, it became the city's social center. The Tudor Revival building became a beloved landmark for thousands of visitors. Its original 34 rooms had grown to 384 rooms when, in 1989, the N&W donated it to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After a major renovation and the addition of a conference center, it reopened in 1995. The Hotel Roanoke was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register in 1995 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
 
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-98b.)
 
Location. 37° 16.482′ N, 79° 56.28′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Wells Avenue NE and Commonwealth Avenue NE, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in the parking lot area of the Hotel Roanoke. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America.
 
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); Roanoke Shops
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By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
2. Hotel Roanoke Marker
( about 600 feet away); Roanoke - A Railroad Town ( about 600 feet away); Operation Fast Freight ( about 600 feet away); The Finest Steam Passenger Locomotive ( about 600 feet away); Power Behind the Nation ( about 600 feet away); Norfolk and Western Railway ( about 600 feet away); Norfolk and Western Passenger Station ( about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
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 also constructed over Norfolk Southern’s railroad tracks to link
Hotel Roanoke image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
3. Hotel Roanoke
the hotel and conference center to downtown Roanoke near the Wachovia Tower. The Hotel Roanoke reopened on April 3, 1995, managed by the DoubleTree chain.” (Submitted on September 8, 2009, by Jeff Conner of Norfolk, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 745 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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