Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library

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Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library
Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library.jpg
Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library, June 2010
Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library is located in Virginia
Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library
Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library is located in the US
Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library
Location 15 Patton Ave., NW, Roanoke, Virginia
Coordinates 37°16′38″N 79°56′29″W / 37.27722°N 79.94139°W / 37.27722; -79.94139Coordinates: 37°16′38″N 79°56′29″W / 37.27722°N 79.94139°W / 37.27722; -79.94139
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1941 (1941)-1942
Architect Eubank & Caldwell
Architectural style Tudor Revival
NRHP reference # 96001448[1]
VLR # 128-0256
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 2, 1996
Designated VLR September 18, 1996[2]

The Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library, also known as the Gainsboro Library, is a historic library building located in the African-American neighborhood of Gainsboro in Northwest Roanoke, Virginia. It was built in 1941-1942, and is a one-story, seven-bay, L-plan Tudor Revival style brick building. The library provided African American residents of Roanoke's segregated Gainsboro neighborhood with a library facility where children and adults could pursue self-education with advice and assistance from competent and dedicated librarians.[3]

The deep slate roof and large bay windows give the library building a home-like appearance, as does the high ceilings and large rooms. It almost has a Gingerbread house (architecture) appearance.[4]


It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1] It is located in the Gainsboro Historic District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ John R. Kern and Leslie A. Giles (July 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Gainsboro Branch of the Roanoke City Public Library" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo
  4. ^ "Gainsboro Library". Roanoke Times. Discover History & Heritage. February 2018. Page 45.