The Historic Roanoke City Market Building anchors Market Square in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Its surroundings include the historic Hotel Roanoke, the modern Taubman Art Museum, and Center in the Square. In addition to the market building, other produce and fresh product vendors line Market Street and contribute to an active street life.
The building that stands today was originally constructed in 1922, on the site of an earlier market building. As the meat and produce trades changed, the Market Building was renovated in 1985 and adapted into an International Food Court. Roanoke has experienced a considerable renaissance over the past decade as residential development, a new art museum, new shops, restaurants, and nightlife have moved into the downtown area. Studies of the Market Area began in 2004 and in early 2009, Cunningham | Quill Architects was engaged to develop concepts to meet the needs of the new daytime and nighttime activity in downtown Roanoke.
The renovated design improves transparency and connections from the inside to the outside of the market. Vendor spaces now include exterior entries and interior Market connections. The center of the Market is opened, allowing a visual connection to active retail space inside. An assembly hall was created on the third floor as a much-needed community space to an underutilized area of the Market.