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Pictured below is perhaps the most artful example of antique tiles in downtown Lexington Virginia. It is the floor of R.E. Lee Espicopal Church built in 1885 and located at 123 W. Washington Street.

Lexington Antique Tile Floor

Lexington Antique Tile Floor   Lexington Antique Tile Floor

Another outstanding display can be seen in Lexington's old courthouse, renamed 2 South Main.
It has recently been renovated and converted to office spaces. You'll find a beautiful
example of 1896 decorative butt joint quarry tile.

Lexington Antique Tile Floor Lexington Antique Tile Floor
Lexington Antique Tile Floor Lexington Antique Tile Floor

When you think of Lexington, Virginia, you might think of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Cyrus McCormick, Sam Houston and George C. Marshall, Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. You might think of national historic landmarks or the majestic Natural Bridge. All play significant roles in Lexington and Rockbridge County's rich history of people and institutions, making Lexington a popular tourist destination for history buffs.

But there's a little-known history on the floors of Lexington. Its homes and shops have numerous examples of antique tile installations in a variety commonly seen today only in major cities. By walking around just one square block of the charming downtown area, you can see at least nine antique tile installations that have not been covered up or replaced.

At Creative Tile, we are in the process of researching these installations to find out the names of the companies or individuals who expertly and artistically laid these tiles which have held up to at least a hundred years of foot traffic and weather. An expert on the subject of historic buildings in Lexington has suggested that the tiles may have been laid by a local brick layer named John Champ, but we don't yet have a confirmation of that.

Champ was an important figure in modernizing downtown buildings during the late 1800s and the early 1900s as materials became accessible with the completion of rail lines through the area. Around the time that the tiles were being laid, large plate glass windows were also being installed in many of the storefronts. These were common practices of the era, not unique to Lexington. What is unique to Lexington is the long-running concerted effort to preserve the architectural integrity of its downtown.

As we get more information about the history of these installations, we will post it on this site. If you have any information about tile installations of this era, we would love to hear from you. We're curious about the origin of the tiles, the price, the profession, or any anecdotes you can share.

We are inviting homeowners in Lexington's historic district to send pictures of antique installations in their homes. We hope this invitation will generate some more interesting pictures. The pictures below are from a Sears Roebuck Catalog house built in Lexington in 1926.

The pictures below are tiles from a home on Jackson Ave. in Lexington's historic district. The pattern is known as Pinwheel.

If you want to spin 6 miles east of Lexington to Buena Vista, the floor of the Post Office at 2071 Forest Ave. is well worth the ride.

If you have antique tiles installed in your home or business, no matter where you live, we would love to see some pictures. Please email them to: .

While you're in the area looking at antique tile, you might also be interested in visiting some of these other historic tourist attractions and landmarks:

The Downtown Lexington Tile Tour

A relaxing stroll around a block of retail stores and offices during business hours will give you access to each of these special tile installations:

Colonna Associates entrance
25 S. Main St.

A Joyful Spirit Cafe entrance
26 S. Main St.

Morrison & Agnor entrance
29 S. Main St.

Southern Inn entrance (under mat)
37 S. Main St.

Hamric & Sheridan Jewelers entrance
11 W Nelson St.

Intimate U entrance
21 W. Nelson St.

The Ladies Habit entrance
22 W. Nelson St.

Lexington Coffee inside
9 W. Washington St.

Sweet Treats Bakery
Sweet Treats bakery inside
19 W. Washington St.



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