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Commercial Building

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1873. 8 E. Broad St.
  • Commercial Building (Michelle Krone)

The oldest surviving building on this block of Broad Street is this four-story brick structure. It has granite window dressings, but its major feature is the mansard roof. Richmond never took to the mansard mode for commercial buildings. Hence this structure is unusual for its pretense to the glamour associated with the Second Empire style.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Commercial 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, 229-230.

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