The Resource Architectural drawings, (architectural drawing)

Architectural drawings, (architectural drawing)

Architectural drawings, 1890.
Architectural drawings
Inclusive dates
This accession contains two sets of drawings. The first (5 sheets) depicts elevations and plans for a Norfolk and Western Railway station in Bristol, Virginia. The second (8 sheets) illustrates an addition to the Main Office Building of the Norfolk and Western Railroad in Roanoke, Virginia, and includes a set of specifications. Both drawings are delineated by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, architect George T. Pearson. Pearson designed a number of structures in western Virginia for the Norfolk and Western Railroad. The design for Union Station at Bristol was never executed. A slightly different design was erected in 1902 by an unknown architect. Of particular note in the Pearson drawing for Bristol Station is the lack of segregated facilities for passengers
Member of
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Additional physical form
Also available on CD# 193.
Biographical or historical data
  • George T. Pearson was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on June 4, 1847, and attended the New Jersey Model School and Trenton Academy. He began his apprenticeship in New Jersey with Charles Graham (C. Graham & Son, Elizabeth, New Jersey). He is listed in the Philadelphia city directories as early as 1871 with the occupation of "architect." By 1872 that has changed to "draftsman" to show his employment by Addison Hutton in that capacity. Pearson continued to work for other architects, such as John McArthur, Jr., until 1880, when he opened his own firm.
  • Pearson practiced architecture in Philadelphia until his death on January 9, 1920. While his work was predominantly in Philadelphia and residential in type, it also included a number of resort hotels and churches, as well as a few office buildings. A number of the resort hotels were built in Western Virginia for the Norfolk and Western Railway. Pearson's notable Virginia buildings are The Hotel Roanoke (Roanoke, 1882), Norfolk and Western Railway Train Station (Salem, 1890-1891), and the Mill Mountain Hotel (Roanoke, 1890-1891). Pearson benefitted chiefly from the patronage of John B. Stetson, the Philadelphia hat manufacturer, for whom he designed a residence, factory buildings, and the Stetson University in Deland, FL.
Cataloging source
Architectural drawings, (architectural drawing)
Located in the LVA General Architectural Files Collection, Folder 151
  • The Library of Virginia
  • 112 x 71 cm and smaller.
  • 62 x 95 cm and smaller.
  • 5 sheets
  • 8 sheets
Immediate source of acquisition
Norfolk and Western Railroad Company,
Other physical details
  • Ink on heavy paper
  • Ink on heavy paper
Representative fraction of scale
Scale : As Noted.

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