1914 – Emporia, VA

Off Market / Archived
National Register
Posted August 2016. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 8/8/16   -   Last OHD Update: 11/3/19   -   24 Comments

135 E Atlantic St, Emporia, VA 23847

  • $124,900
  • 5000 Sq Ft
  • 1.31 Ac.
Own a piece of Virginia History!! The former Klugel & Son building is included on both the National Register of Historic Places and the register of Virginia Historic Landmarks. Commercial space includes office area near front entrance (appx. 441 Sq.Ft.) and an additional retail space (appx. 840 Sq.Ft.) with its own restroom and HVAC. This space could be used to produce rental income for new owner!! Manufacturing/Shop building consists of 3,719 square feet with cement floors, lots of natural light from skylights above, and lots of storage!! Fenced rear roll door for loading leading out to fenced rear yard with gate.
Contact Information
Robin Richardson, Long & Foster,
(434) 636-3999

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24 Comments on 1914 – Emporia, VA

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  1. 67drake67drake says: 245 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    I’ve found my new man cave!

  2. Anne M. says: 708 comments

    What a fantastic building! (Wonder if the safes are included?)

  3. RossRoss says: 2524 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    My eyes BUGGED out at the facade!


  4. RosewaterRosewater says: 5611 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Shop Heaven; and with a real pretty face too!

  5. Dean Sliger says: 3 comments

    Is the tin business in operation or is that part of what’s for sale? Whenever I see “income-generating commercial/office space” my first question is whether or not it is currently being leased. If not, then it is not “income-generating” but instead “time consuming.”

  6. Paul W says: 539 comments

    Remarkable building with great façade. It would be interesting to do some paint research to determine the original colors of the façade. Typically tin front commercials are quite detailed but you only ‘see’ them when you take the time to pick out the architectural details. I am in process of that with my own commercial building. Although Mesker is probably the best known “Tin storefront” designer. There were thousands of companies that were building commercial building facades though as styles changed and building materials evolved these companies went out of business. It is getting increasingly rare to find intact period storefronts as most were ‘modernized’ over the years to get rid of that “old fashioned’ look.

    If one desired more space it would not be hard to restructure the inside warehouse area with a mezzanine or even a second floor.

    I’d love to know if any old patterns or stampings are still around.

  7. Matt DiGregory says: 9 comments

    I would make this a restaurant in a heartbeat!

    • dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 262 comments
      1913 farmhouse
      Dillon, SC

      Matt ~ That is a great idea! Go for it!

    • ELLEN DREWS says: 57 comments

      I drove through Emporia yesterday. This building is beautiful, but the town isn’t big enough to support a restaurant. There is an “antique” shop in the storefront , so much dust we couldn’t tell if it was still in business , it was closed when we were there. More than half the surrounding buildings are boarded up. The Piggly Wiggly was so amall it didn’t even have fresh meat in the counters. Not too far from Petersburg, which is currently on the upswing. Conveniently located on rt 301, close to I95, perhaps in a few years Emporia will be ready for a renaissance

  8. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 435 comments

    Terrific place. Hope it finds an owner who likes the facade as much as the commenters at OHD.

  9. John Shiflet says: 5392 comments

    I recalled a similar tin shop in St. Joseph, MO (streetview) https://goo.gl/maps/fjufttJTX8y As Paul W. notes, Tin shops were vital in the Victorian era into the early 20th century. They made roofing panels, roof ridges, crockets, gutters, stovepipes, and dozens of other essential metal components. This one appears to still have some of the old machinery, templates and patterns for making components. Not sure how viable a tin or metal shop would be these days but W.F. Norman Corp. in Nevada, Missouri, (near Ft. Scott, Kansas) has been making metal components and tin ceilings since 1898 without interruption. I suppose if one wanted to, there might be a niche market today for specific tin or metal components. There are a variety of other uses the building could serve but I believe the intent is to keep the legacy (and building facade) of the tin smithing business around. Collectors and specialized tradesmen would probably have an interest in the old machinery but again, its part of the history of the place and would be worth keeping.

  10. lara janelara jane says: 564 comments

    The facade is stunning! I’m so sad about all of the “modern” (mostly from the 60s and beyond) storefronts around here.

    I would definitely enjoy filling all of those gigantic worktables and their many, many drawers.

  11. Michael Mackin says: 2038 comments

    I love the façade but I think it need a better color scheme!

  12. Alanna W says: 1 comments

    I live in Emporia, VA and pass by this every day! The pictures really do not.do it justice!

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11722 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Originally posted Dec 16, 2015. Was off market, now back on market at a reduced price. Moved to front page (comments above are older.)

    • Bethster says: 933 comments

      As I was reading the above comments, I totally did not notice the dates and kept thinking, “Wasn’t this posted before?” Ha. I need to pay better attention!

      I remember driving past this building some time ago—before it was first listed. Alanna W was right—it’s even better in person! It’s a gorgeous building, and much more imposing and important-looking than the pictures let on.

  14. KevinB says: 133 comments

    would make a great beer hall with live music

  15. 67drake says: 2 comments

    AND,I still love it!

  16. KathyB says: 12 comments

    Amazing space for an artist! Workshop hopefully with the equipment and an outbuilding…all very delicious.

  17. Lucindy says: 58 comments

    Jazz or Blues club?

    Use those wonderful long counters and other industrial pieces for decor. Clean the paint off the demilune windows. The three safes belong in an industrial/Steampunk version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

    Hope someone can retain the historic features, both in and out. What a fab facade.

  18. Garth Hodge says: 11 comments

    Back on the market at $124,900!

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