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Imperial Building

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1923, Neff and Thompson, Architects and Engineers. 422 E. Franklin St.

In many medium-sized American cities this dignified study in neoclassicism would be an architectural landmark serving as a courthouse, post office, or city hall. Constructed with a steel frame and limestone exterior, it displays a restraint that recalls the nearly contemporary work of Philadephia architect Paul P. Cret. On this Richmond street corner it is merely part of the “glue” that is so important to maintaining the city's fabric. The clumsy renovations of the portals have not detracted from its street presence.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Imperial 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, 220-220.

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