The Coffee Pot (Roanoke, Virginia)

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The Coffee Pot
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The Coffee Pot (Roanoke, Virginia) is located in Virginia
The Coffee Pot (Roanoke, Virginia)
Location2902 Brambleton Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA
Coordinates37°14′35.7″N 79°59′28.3″W / 37.243250°N 79.991194°W / 37.243250; -79.991194Coordinates: 37°14′35.7″N 79°59′28.3″W / 37.243250°N 79.991194°W / 37.243250; -79.991194
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleRustic
NRHP reference #96000575[1]
VLR #128-0050
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 31, 1996
Designated VLRMarch 20, 1996[3]

The Coffee Pot is a historic roadhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places located in the Grandin Court neighborhood of the independent city of Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A.. Completed in 1936, The Coffee Pot is an example of novelty architecture as its distinctive feature is that of a stucco coffee pot structure that is situated on the roof of the building.[2] Today, this remains as the only active roadhouse located within the Roanoke Valley.[2]


The Coffee Pot was built in 1936 on what later became U.S. Route 221 (Brambleton Avenue) in Roanoke County, before being annexed into Roanoke City in 1943.[4] It was originally constructed by Clifton and Irene Kefauver as a filling station and tea room, but converted into a roadhouse shortly thereafter. The structure itself is similar to that of a log home featuring vertical log architecture on its four facades.[5] At the time of its construction, it was the first commercial structure one would pass along the highway entering Roanoke from the south.[2] The 15-foot (4.6 m) coffee pot is located on the southern end of the structure and is red with a white spout and top. Steam would formerly rise from the coffee pot spout from a furnace located in the store room below, visually bringing life to the coffee pot structure.[2]

Since its conversion into a roadhouse in 1937, the Coffee Pot has remained in continuous operation; it has been known as the Coffee Pot for its entire history except for a brief period between 1960 and 1963 when it was called Joe's Ranchhouse Restaurant.[6] Throughout its history, the roadhouse has played host to many musical acts including Willie Nelson, Richie Havens, Dicky Betts, Rick Derringer, Ritchie Valens, Danny Gatton and Root Boy Slim[5] Regional acts also made the Coffee Pot a regular part of their tour, including SNUFF and the Skip Castro Band. As a result of the numerous big name acts that have performed at The Coffee Pot, the venue has been dubbed by some as the "biggest small stage in the South."[6]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c d e "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Coffee Pot" (PDF). May 31, 1996. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  3. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Grandin Court Neighborhood Plan: Residential Development" (PDF). City of Roanoke Planning Division. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  5. ^ a b Dybahl, Pete (July 8, 2005). "An annotated neighborhood — South". The Roanoke Times. p. A14.
  6. ^ a b Harvey, Neil (March 21, 2006). "Still perking". The Roanoke Times.

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