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Title Face of Sample Wall, Showing Raked Joints and Over 'Dressed Stone,' Giving a Hard, Formal Appearance
Title Note negative 7913, classification no. 693
Date November 12, 1935
Description Face of sample wall, showing raked joints and over 'dressed stone,' giving a hard, formal appearance. Located on milepost 217-229.5, section 2A on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Image taken from the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters and taken by Edward H. Abbuehl on November 12, 1935.
Commentary The designers of buildings and bridges on the Blue Ridge Parkway wanted them to look part of the surrounding area to echo the local stonework of Alleghany County. However, the local, traditional style was not formal enough for the new national park and so this formalized, more regimented stonework style was used in the buildings.
Location Location Name: Section 2A
Parkway Milepost: None
Latitude: 36.496308
Longitude: -80.955864
Creator Individual Edward H. Abbuehl
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Stone carving
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway