Repairs to Roanoke building reveal original design

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Repairs to a building in downtown Roanoke have opened a window on the city's past.

The Coulter building now houses the Western Virginia Water Authority, but portions of the structure are more than 100 years old.

And when crews began repairs to the rear facade, they uncovered part of the original design.

Sarah Baumgardner is a spokesperson for the Western Virginia Water Authority.

"The original plan was to make this entire west side of the building a stacked stone finish," Baumgardner told WDBJ7, "but when we uncovered the old part, we went about restoring that and we worked with Mark Clark with Southwest Restoration to restore and bring back to life that old part of the building."

Walls that are now painted green will be completed once the weather warms up.