Continuing our walk down Appalachia, Virginia's main street, we were struck by the architectural details of some of the century-old storefronts.
And as we noted in yesterday's concluding remarks, there were a couple of interesting buildings--or, as in the case below, a portion of a building.
With no one available to answer questions about this shell's history or, more importantly, its future, we were left to our own imaginations. First of all, we were happy that this much of the details of the
Even though we hoped that the facade would become part of a new business and an overall program of revitalization of the town once known as “Mayberry in a Norman Rockwell Painting” and the “Magic City,” the hub of all activity in Southwest Virginia, it seemed doubtful (townofappalachia.us).
One encouraging example of the restoration of one of the buildings is the Appalachia Towers.
"The project consisted of the renovation and conversion of a historically significant seven-story hotel that had been abandoned and experienced significant fire and water damage (as shown in the photos below).
"Although the former hotel is not considered a historic landmark, approval had to be obtained for the restoration of the terrace gardens, trellis work, and replacement of all exterior windows.
"The character and the historic nature of the building were maintained both on the exterior and in the lobby and vestibule. The registration desk and
One of the residents offerred to give me a tour of the lobby, and as we walked around the area shown here, his references to the architectural details showed the pride he felt with the restoration work.
After seeing the "Before" photos, we were impressed with the quality of the restoration work.