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Bowers Building

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1880. 1978, renovation, Glave, Newman, Anderson. 104 Shockoe Slip

The Bowers Building, originally a warehouse, was the first building in this area renovated for use as offices and upscale apartments. The adaptive reuse initiated a trend among young professionals who bought or rented apartments over storefronts in the Slip. The spectacular Italianate tobacco exchange building that once formed the south wall of the plaza was unfortunately demolished long ago, and the plaza has remained incomplete for decades.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Bowers Building", [Richmond, 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, 205-206.

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