Thursday, August 2, 2012

Don't Throw Stones

The Glass House Restaurant in South Hill, Virginia was unique, being built almost entirely of glass brick.  According to the website of the newer, Glass House Grill nearby, the original opened in 1937 and stood for decades in the center of South Hill, Virginia on Highway #1, the main north/south artery along the East Coast. It served as the town's bus terminal and was the center of activity for the area. The building of the I-85 Interchange in the mid-1960's changed the traffic patterns and the Glass House Restaurant eventually closed. The building was purchased and renovated in 1974 by long-time South Hill resident, R.T. Arnold, to serve as the town's new library. The original structure was razed in 1999 to make way for the construction of the current library facilities. Another amazing building of the streamline era gone.

7 comments:

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

That's a real shame that it was demolished. It's superb!

Debs said...

What an architectural loss! I just love linen postcards...thanks for sharing and happy PFF!

Snap said...

Sorry to hear that the glass house is gone. I love glass bricks. Happy PFF!

Postcardy said...

That was such a cool building. It's too bad it was demolished.

Irene said...

That would certainly be a cool library. happy PFF

luvlinens said...

Thanks for the info on the Glass House. I collect, buy and "sell" sometimes Art Deco and Glass Block are interesting to me. Sorry its gone. People just can't leave things alone. Your right it would have been a great library. Plenty light for reading. Just wanted to say I also have this postcard and now will never let it go.

dmarks said...

I bet it was horribly hot.

Check out this building also.