King Lumber Company

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King Lumber Company was one of Charlottesville's principal industries at the turn of twentieth the century

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King Lumber Company (Preston Ave) 1918
Google Earth image showing exterior of King Lumber Company Warehouse on Preston Ave. (Google Earth, Aug. 2022)

The King Lumber Company was founded in 1899 by W. W. King. By 1920, the company was Charlottesville's largest employer, employing over 300 people with an annual payroll of over $400,000. By the 1930s, the King Lumber Company had gone out of business, particularly because of the Great Depression.The King Lumber Company Warehouse Building is all that remains of that once large manufacturing concern.

The King Lumber Company manufactured building materials that were used throughout the United States, including in many buildings at the University of Virginia. As of 1916, Mr. King had done a vast amount of work for the United States Government, in the shape of public buildings for Post Offices and Court uses, covering the country from east to west, as illustrated by some of the places: Crawfordsville, Indiana; Florence,South Carolina; Selma, Alabama; Gainesville, Florida; San Angelo, Texas; Clarinda, Iowa; Corsicana, Texas; Holdrege, Nebraska; Canandaigua, New York; Bristol, Connecticut; Chicago Heights, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia. Outside of his governmental work, of which he had several unfinished contracts on hand in 1916, he had to his credit the Jefferson National Bank Building, Charlottesville, Virginia; the Law Building, University of Virginia; the Fraternity Buildings, University of Virginia; Recitation Hall, University of South Carolina; Dormitory of Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia; Engineering Building, University of Florida; National Valley Bank Building, Staunton, Virginia; Farmers and Merchants National Bank Building, Winchester, Virginia; Hospital Building, University of Virginia; Elks Office Building, Newbern, North Carolina; Roanoke County Court House, Salem, Virginia; Union Passenger Station, Goldsboro, North Carolina; Union Passenger Station, Tampa, Florida; Chronicle Building, Augusta, Georgia; Y. M. C. A. Building, Atlanta, Georgia (one of the finest in the United States); Municipal Building, Huntington, West Virginia.


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