533 Main Street – John W. Ferrell & Company Furniture Store
The c. 1885 John W. Ferrell & Company Furniture Store Building is located in the Downtown Danville Historic District in Danville, Virginia. The three-story brick building houses features an intricate brick cornice with corbelling, hound’s tooth soldier courses, tumbled courses, and dentil-like courses. Storefronts to the two first-floor commercial spaces have been removed, but the spaces retain tin ceilings and wainscotting in the right (south) bay.
An exterior wood stair on the right side of the building leads to a second floor porch with an interior stair to the third floor. Housing a billiard hall, commercial school, cinema, artist studios, and a myriad of other uses over the years, the upper floors contain rooms of various sizes, many with fireplaces, wainscotting, and original wood floors.
Rehab Builders (based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) converted the rear of the first floor, basement, second- and third-floor spaces into apartments, retaining the front of the first floor as commercial space. Tin ceilings, wainscot, wood floors, mantels, and doors and windows were retained. The project received both state and federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits.