Historical Things To Do in Roanoke Va can be slim pickings at times. Architecture tours are usually reserved for ancient cities like Rome or Paris but Roanoke has an interesting past that our historical buildings can hold insight into.
The interesting thing these historical buildings had is common was they all seemed to be built around the same time period 1880 - 1920 and there's a sampling of both Tudor Revival Architecture and Gothic Revival Architecture on multiple buildings around Roanoke.
Where should you put an architecture tour on your list of historical things to do in Roanoke Va? If you haven't drove to the Mill Mountain Star or hiked McAfee Knob, I'd say definitely go see those first unless you're big into architecture. These buildings paint a picture into Roanoke's unique history that are ready to be appreciated whenever you are.
1. St. John's Episcopal Church
St. John's Episcopal Church is located in Downtown Roanoke as well as the National Registration of Historic Places according to their Wikipedia article. The gothic architecture style was popular during this time period and similar in appearance to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
2. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
While built in 1882, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference center has been re built and expanded many times according to their Wikipedia article. The iconic Tudor Revival Architecture style can also be seen in other locations in Roanoke including the Ronald McDonald House on S. Jefferson St.
3. St. Andrew's Catholic Church
St. Andrew's Catholic Church is quite possibly the most iconic historic building in Roanoke, Va and a top pick for historical things to do in Roanoke Va. Built in 1900 using Gothic Revival Architecture style, this building looks like historic relic from times far past and a great view to take in on a relaxing weekend stop.
4. The Patrick Henry
Located in Downtown Roanoke just next to just down from St. John's Episcopal Church, The Patrick Henry opened its doors in 1925 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places according to their Wikipedia article. Using the Colonial Revival Architecture
5. Roanoke Fire Station No. 1
6. Virginian Station
Located on Jefferson Street by Dr. Pepper Park, The Virginian Station was built in 1910 as the only brick rail station for the entire 608 miles of the Virginian Railway. The Virginian Station is on the National Register of Historic Places and an easy stop to take in the architecture next time you're in the area.
7. First Evangelical Presbyterian Church
8. Grandin Road Commercial Historic District
Grandin Road Commerical Historic District, now Grandin Village, got it's start in 1906 according to their Wikipedia article. This area seems to bear the similar architecture style as Roanoke Fire Dept No 1. With so much to do in the area from the Grandin Farmer's Market, The Grandin Theatre & Scratch Biscuit Company, you won't need to have an appreciation of architecture in order to enjoy this area.
9. Four Churches on Church Avenue
There's no secret as to where Church Ave derived it's name from. These four architecture stand outs occupy the less than a half a mile space of Church Ave starting at Greene Memorial and ending at Central Church of the Bretheren. I wasn't able to find information about their built dates, so instead of guessing I'll just leave the pictures here and please comment below if you can offer any building or architecture insight.