West Roanoke / Shaffers Crossing Aerial Image, 1920s or 1930s

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Bruce or Ken,  Can you find a construction date for Forest Park School on Melrose Ave (above and slightly to the right of Kroger in this view)? It looks as though it has just been completed to me. I couldn't find a date for it in a brief search. Next time I drive by I'll see if there's a date on the school itself.     John Garner

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I know I’ve seen a date somewhere for the Kroger warehouse, but cannot find it today, like 1930-something. My mother remembered walking over for the open house grand opening, which I thought she remembered as 1936 or 1939, but that could be faulty memory of mine. Whatever it was, I’m pretty certain it was when she was in high school, and she graduated in 1939.

Ken Miller 

> On Jun 17, 2020, at 8:11 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at nwhs.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 1:40 AM abram wrote:
> The Hagley Museum is the DuPont family's private museum near Wilmington, Delaware, and has a lot of arcane material in its holdings.
> Here is the link to Hagley's aerial image of West Roanoke, dated as May 5, 1939.  The general contours of the railroad are about what they are today, but two things caught my eye:
> Due to the amount of open land which is shown in Northwest Roanoke, I believe the Museum's date of May, 1939, may be an error.  Villa Heights (on both sides of New York Avenue) was built up in the early and mid-1920s, and that construction is not shown in this photograph.  Therefore I suggest the photograph may be a decade or more older than as dated by Hagley.
> One telling feature that might help narrow down the date is the construction of the Kroger warehouse (now Stage Sound) on Shenandoah Avenue. The humped roof sections are quite telling and still apparent in today's building.
> Bruce in Blacksburg
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