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Sixth Street Marketplace

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1982, Marcellus Wright, Cox and Smith. 1984. Pedestrian bridge crossing Broad St. at 6th St. and continuing along former 6th St. two blocks north and one block south
  • Sixth Street Marketplace (Pierre Courtois)
  • Sixth Street Marketplace (Pierre Courtois)

This downtown shopping mall crosses Broad Street dramatically via a steel bridge that evokes the Victorian fascination with construction materials. From this dramatic point, however, the downtown mall then disappears as it is wedged into the path of former 6th Street. The interior of the three-block-long mall is handsomely detailed (as late twentieth-century shopping malls go) with tile flooring and exposed ductwork near the ceiling. Immediately north of Marshall Street, in an airy, soaring conservatory-like structure, is the mall's food court. The structure is attached to, but does not diminish, the former Blues Armory building. Problems with retaining tenants may lead to the market's demise.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Sixth Street Marketplace", [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, 189-190.

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