Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl – Saturday Sept. 24, 2022

Our annual “Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl” is back with our Fall 2022 event. Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation (RVPF) is partnering for the first time with the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The pub crawl is a fun way to learn more about Roanoke’s historic landscape while helping both organizations raise money to further their missions of preserving the valley’s most important architectural and cultural icons. 

When:  Saturday September 24 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in Downtown Roanoke
Where:  Pub Crawl begins at Hotel Roanoke’s Lobby Bar (Roanoke, VA) and ends at Crescent City Bourbon & BBQ (Roanoke, VA)
Cost: $30/person or $100 for a team of 4
Tickets:  Tickets available through Eventbrite or contact Whitney Leeson ([email protected]) to pay by check.

About the Event:

With a huge THANKS to our event’s lead sponsor, Gentry Locke along with supporting sponsors, Brown Edwards, Freedom First Credit Union, and Balzer & Associates, RVPF and AIA representatives will be at local bars and breweries in downtown Roanoke stamping pub crawl passes and handing out swag from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Compete for prizes by completing a fun history-themed scavenger hunt featuring questions about people and places important to Roanoke’s past!  No cell phone surfing for answers is allowed.

Participants proceed at their own pace and in their own order after checking in at the Hotel Roanoke’s Lobby Bar to pick up their pub crawl swag and sign a liability waiver.

Only participants wearing their event buttons will qualify for drink and food specials at each establishment on the pub crawl. (No purchase is required to receive a stamp or answer trivia questions.)

This year’s Pints for Preservation Pub Crawl will conclude at 5:00 p.m. at the Crescent City Bourbon & BBQ (19 Salem Avenue, Roanoke, VA) where participants will turn in your scavenger hunt answers.

Teams participating can choose to dress in historical fashion–“dress your decade”–and will receive one free scavenger hunt answer to give them a leg up!

Prizes include a dinner at the Hotel Roanoke and a night’s stay at Liberty Trust. RVPF and AIA hosts will tally the scores and results will be announced soon after.


AIA ARCHITECTURE TALK  – Wednesday, September 21, 2022

N&W Passenger Station: Restoring Raymond Loewy’s Modern Design


About the Event:

As we are approaching the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the N W Passenger Station, we will look at the history of the original 1905 building, Raymond Loewy’s 1949 Modern transformation, the station’s decline, and its subsequent restoration.

Speakers: Chris Venable, AIA, David Bandy, AIA, Jim Sears, President of Center in the Square         

Where:  Visitor Information Center, 101 Shenandoah Avenue NE, Roanoke, VA 24016

When:   September 21, 2022              6

Time and Schedule: 
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. :  “Meet the Speakers” Reception
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. :  Presentation

Please RSVP at [email protected]

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the design and historic context of the 1905 Neo-classical N&W Passenger Station.
  2. Understand the Modern transformation of the 1905 station, performed by noted industrial designer Raymond Loewy in 1949.
  3. Understand how the termination of rail service in 1971 led to the decline of the building and how Historic Tax Credits gave hope for its restoration in the year 2000.
  4. Understand how the design team identified the historically significant elements in accordance with National Park Service guidelines to create a new visitor center and museum exhibiting the steam rail photography of O. Winston Link.

Updated Historic Downtown Roanoke Walking Tours

Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation recently released a new and revised version of our popular Downtown Roanoke Walking Tour.  The tour is available in  both published and digital formats and are available at most local downtown museums as well as at the Hotel Roanoke and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Visitor Information Center (O. Winston Link Museum). Digital tours can be accessed via scanning a QR Code found on postcards also available at these same locations.

Published Tours

The published Roanoke Downtown Walking tour brochure is comprised of three (3) areas of interest – the Commerce Walk, the Community Walk, and the N&W Railway Walk – that combined together provide you with an overall view of our city’s history.

• The Commerce Walk begins with the bustling City Market Building and continues along some of downtown’s most important and scenic commercial streets.
• The Community Walk takes participants past buildings and landmarks central to the daily lives of Roanoke’s citizens.
• The N&W Railway Walk allows participants to get in touch with our city’s railroad heritage and rich history of Roanoke’s Black community.

The published walking tour opens up into a full-size 18″ x 24″ fold-out brochure that also includes several historic photos and brief history of Roanoke’s growth. 

Digital Tours

The digital Roanoke Downtown Walking tour has also been published on smaller post cards that have the same three areas of interest – The Commerce Walk, The Community Walk, and the N&W Railway Walk – but broken down into three (3) separate tours with each tour  providing its own distinctive view of our city: 

Once you scan one of the postcard’s three (3) individual QR tour code, a map of downtown Roanoke automatically appears with the tour’s short walking route highlighted on your mobile device with informational markers along the way showcasing the points of interest you are looking at. By walking on these brief tours, you will learn about our city’s history which in turn will help you understand who Roanoke is today.


Check back often for other future events being planned and finalized!