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Greater Richmond Transit Company Bus Depot (Virginia Railroad and Power Company Buildings)

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Virginia Railroad and Power Company Buildings
c. 1900–c. 1930. Robinson and Cary sts.

This group of buildings represents one of Richmond's major claims to fame: the first successful electric streetcar system in the world. The system began as a series of competing companies that sprang up within a few years around 1890. Over time the Virginia Railway and Power Company acquired the separate lines and consolidated the system. The oldest building of the complex is Car Barn No. 1 (c. 1900), which has a large, gabled steel-truss roof. Car Barns No. 2 and No. 3 (c. 1920) are reinforced concrete fireproof structures divided into two separate bays. The rest of the complex consists of miscellaneous shops and an office building (1930) at Grayland and Davis avenues.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Greater Richmond Transit Company Bus Depot (Virginia Railroad and Power Company Buildings)", [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, 254-254.

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