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Roanoke through the

EYES OF ITS ARCHITECTS
The design of area
buildings gives a
solid indication of the
Roanoke area's oftenrich history.
STORY AND PHOTOS
BY DAN SMITH

ROANOKE HAS NEVER BEEN KNOWN as The City of
Great Architecture, but it has had its moments. Sprinkled among
the mundane and the grotesque are a few gems here and there, at
least one of which is strongly argued in both camps.
The Taubman Museum of Art has won international awards
for its design by Frank Gehry acolyte Randall Stout, even as one
critic laughed that it "looks like the Flying Nun crashed." The
small, unassuming Jefferson Electric building downtown gets
high praise, while the huge old FNEB building is roundly despised-at least partly for what it replaced (the glamorous old
American Theater).
Architect Martha Chester: "The architecture of buildings
in Roanoke has benefited from the fact that the city did not
grow too quickly and therefore have a monotony of architectural
influence. Growth over many years has afforded us a delightful
mix, which pays tribute to several architectural styles. Larger cities that experienced a sudden growth boom often suffer from far
too many glass-box skyscrapers."
To get a handle on all this, we asked more than a dozen prominent Roanoke architects to tell us what they think best represents
the city's architecture, past, present and future. We also asked for
their thoughts on designs people "love to hate." These architects
(and one engineer) mostly design buildings. Two specialize in
interiors and landscaping.
Here's what they had to say:

STEVE SUNDERMAN, PRESIDENT, TERRAZIA
Past: Hotel Roanoke because it provides an elegant link to
our sturdy railroad heritage and continues to serve as the best
place to stay in Roanoke. My wife and I spent a weekend there
to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary recently.
Present: The Taubman Museum because it shook up our traditional approach to conservative architecture and makes a statement about what the future could have in store. It also makes
a statement to visitors that Roanoke can be recognized on the
national stage, and is not entirely conservative nor restricted to
traditional architecture.
Future: Valley Family Dentistry on Franklin Road is the first
certified Passivhaus (Passive House U.S.) building in Roanoke
and the first Passivhaus dental clinic in the country. It represents
a future in which high performance buildings can provide healthy
and comfortable environments for its occupants while also minimizing energy consumption (70 percent less than code standard)
and maintenance of its simple mechanical systems. It is a traditional looking building with hidden high performance features.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker May/June 2017

Worth a Click
From the Editor
Lunch With
Streets of Roanoke
The Gist
Events Calendar
Best of Roanoke 2017
Architects on our Architecture
Fun & Functional: Inside the Glickfield Home
Roanoke Valley Health & Wellness: The A-Z
Tacos ‘n’ BBQ: A Great Spot for Each
The Dish
Where are They Now?
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