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HE VIEW OF ROANOKE from Mill Mountain is the most
well-known in the Star City. From the overlook deck
beneath the symbolic Mill Mountain Star, people see
houses, businesses, roadways and remnants of the city's
past and present.
The view has changed since the 1960s, when this
photo was taken. But some sights are the same.
There is the top of the Hotel Roanoke & Conference
Center, peeking out from the edge of downtown. Nearby
the tall, slender cathedral of St. Andrew's Catholic
Church, built in the early 1900s, remains a historic
You can't miss Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital,
now home to Carilion's inpatient rehabilitation facility
and the Jefferson College of Health Science at the corner
of Jefferson Street and Elm Avenue.
There are some notable newcomers to today's view.
The 21-story Wells Fargo Tower, the tallest building in
Roanoke and in Southwest Virginia, was built in 1991
and has had several different names since then.
Nearby, the silver edge of the Taubman Museum of
Art juts out to Williamson Road. The museum opened
in 2008, drawing criticism that its urban design did not
fit with downtown Roanoke's cityscape.
One landmark, beloved by many Roanokers, has been
missing from this view since 2006. The historic Victory
Stadium, situated to the left of downtown at the foot of
Mill Mountain, was demolished that year. The stadium
is most known for hosting an annual Thanksgiving
Day football game between Virginia Tech and Virginia
Military Institute, as well as numerous high school games
and a yearly Fourth of July music celebration. I
JULIANNE RAINONE / ARCHIVAL IMAGE COURTESY OF THE VIRGINIA ROOM, ROANOKE PUBLIC LIBRARIES
The view from the Mill Mountain Star has changed a little since its humble beginnings, but the
architecture, both new and old, continue to enhance the iconic cityscape.