You are here

NationsBank Center

-A A +A
1973, Welton Becket Associates. 1996, Odell Associates. Southwest corner of 12th and Main sts.
  • NationsBank Center

This crisply detailed precast-concrete-clad office and retail complex was constructed following the controversial demolition of a handsome block of iron-front buildings that stood here. In response, the roofline and setback of the pavilion wing along Main were designed to maintain continuity with the remaining adjacent nineteenth-century iron fronts. Following a 1990s renovation, the twenty-three-story tower is now set back from Main Street beyond a paved and grass-planted plaza that includes a fountain and a mosaic mural. James Rosati's large red metal sculpture Richmond Tripodal (1974) has been placed on the grassy knoll to humanize the space. It begs the question, Why can't architects design more buildings that don't need humanizing?

Writing Credits

Author: 
Richard Guy Wilson et al.
×

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Richard Guy Wilson et al., "NationsBank Center", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-RI125.

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 212-212.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,