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Mosby Dry Goods Building

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1916, Starrett and Van Vleck and Carneal and Johnston, associates. 1997, renovation, Scribner Messer Brady Wade. 201–205 W. Broad St.

A pioneering building for Richmond, this was the first entirely fireproof structure erected in the city. Built for a leading department store, the structure is Richmond's version of McKim, Mead and White's Gorham Building in New York. The classical detailing of the cornice and the arcaded first floor contrast with the sleek, unornamented upper floors. Carneal and Johnston reused this format for several of their buildings around Richmond.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Mosby Dry Goods 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, 231-231.

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