About the District Gainsboro, Roanoke's oldest community, is part of the overall neighborhood fabric of Roanoke and its boundaries are designated by the Railroad, Orange Avenue Northwest, Williamson Road Northeast and 5th Street Northwest. Gainsboro has numerous landmark buildings that provide a link to Roanoke's past, including Hotel Roanoke, St. Andrews Catholic Church, and the Norfolk and Western administration buildings (renovated to become the current Higher Education Center).
Located in the heart of Roanoke just north of the City Market, Historic Gainsboro has convenient access to downtown and other parts of the city
The area represented by the Historic Gainsboro Preservation District is included in the Gainsboro Neighborhood Plan. The plan is a component of the City's 2001-2020 Comprehensive Plan that provides detailed information about the neighborhood and serves as a guide for public and private decisions regarding land use, capital improvements and other projects planned in the neighborhood.