Our History

 

Introduction 

To live in the Krise Building is to be a part of history and the rebirth of Downtown Lynchburg. We can hear the echoes of Thomas Jefferson's words, penned in 1810, describing Lynchburg as “perhaps the most rising place in the U.S. ...” The view from of the mountains, river and, city complement these unique living spaces. Be a part of a living landmark that helped define the city at the turn of the century. Experience the finest in luxury penthouse living, the restored architectural cornerstone at Main and Ninth is one of the region’s most exclusive addresses. The Krise is your opportunity to “live life at the top.” We created this booklet to show you the rich history behind “Lynchburg’s first skyscraper.” You can create the next chapter. Its elegance and grace are reborn with your arrival. Architectural details imbue the past, most notably the classical columns of the Chicago School method, complemented by intricate crown molding, large windows and other fineries including modern amenities. The building’s prime location positions you only a few minutes’ walk from trendy restaurants, artistic destinations, unique shops, a nature trail and park. This residence offers privacy and exclusivity when you want it and provides easy access to a variety of downtown attractions. Whatever your mood, you need not go far to find what you desire.3 

Origins

Origins

When Lynchburg was laid out by surveyor Richard Stith in 1787 (one year after the town’s establishment), the junction of Second Street (now Main) and Water Street (now Ninth) was at the center of the 45-acre town...

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Early History

Early History

Four years later, Samuel Scott and William Galtre-insured the store on lot 5, which they valued at $3,150.50 Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, William Galt (1755-1825)...

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Krise Beginnings

Krise Beginnings

By May of 1871, the 18th century store building occupied by Dakings, Galt, Quinn, and Boyd had been destroyed by fire, and Hamilton Boyd was constructing a new, three-story, hipped-roof, brick building that contained two storefronts on Main Street. The westernmost storefront...

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Construction

Construction

For an unknown reason, Krise opted to bid the project out in two phases, constructing the rear five bays of the building first...

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Opening

Opening

It is unclear exactly when in the spring of 1906 the Krise Building officially opened for business, but it was likely delayed, as the American National Life Insurance Company (which was affiliated with American National Bank) pushed its organizational meeting at the Krise Building to early March.26 A later newspaper...

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20th Century

20th Century

The Krise Building’s position as Lynchburg’s tallest building was short-lived. In 1913, the eleven-story Peoples National Bank building at 801 Main Street was erected. Apparently feeling pressure to keep his building in full occupancy, P.A. Krise placed a full-page ad in the 1913 City Directory that boasted the...

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 2012 & Beyond

We invite you to be a part of a grand past and a rich future for downtown Lynchburg at the Krise. Described as "seven stories pointing heavenward" and "...A thing of beauty, strength and grace, an honor and an ornament," you are truly living life at the top. It's not surprising that Bowen's Jewelers anchors this gem of a building. Once a shining beacon of downtown, its elegance has been restored and revealed. As the building is refinished, who knows what new shining stars will emerge in “The Krise”. Leasing opportunities are available for these elegantly-designed penthouses. We invite you to visit www.TheKrise.com and stop by our sales office at 207 Ninth Street to become a part of an exciting future “Living Life at the Top” —the Krise.

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