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Main Street Tower

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1988–1994, Burrell F. Saunders. 300 E. Main St.
  • Main Street Tower (Richard Guy Wilson)

With its minimalist exterior of blue reflective glass, Main Street Tower is a veritable cliché of corporate America during the early 1980s: big, slick, and attention-grabbing. What distinguishes this fourteen-story building is its tortured development history. Planned at the height of the real estate market, the project ran into financial difficulties two years into construction. The building stood as an embarrassing eyesore, half finished, for three years until a new owner resumed construction, opening it to tenants in 1994.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Main Street Tower", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 402-402.

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