Before. After.

Prepare to gasp…




















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Archival image, showing the lost tower.


The two color images are by glaveandholmes.


This is the Alexander Black House, in Blacksburg, Virginia. It was threatened by demolition for a parking garage. The city though did something extraordinary: they saved the house. It was moved across the street, beautifully restored (the tower is back!!!!!!!!) and turned into a cultural center.

Ross happy.





  1. Rebecca Van Hout on June 4, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    That is so wonderful glad it could be saved!

  2. Cindy Belanger on June 4, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    Whoaa, what a transformation!! I’m glad this story had a happy ending, such a quality restoration, I wish there were more like this.

  3. Laurie L Weber on June 4, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    So awesome! Thx for sharing

  4. mlaiuppa on June 4, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    That is an awesome restoration job.

    San Diego did this in our Old Town. It’s called Heritage Park and there are six Victorians and the city’s first Synagogue. They were moved there to save them and are now undergoing some interior renovations (not all were open to the public.)

    One of them has an exterior color scheme very similar to the Cross House.

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