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City Market

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1879, Bernard J. Black; 1924 remodeling, Samuel Daley Craig. 9 E. Old St.

One of Baltimore-educated Black's first local commissions was the McIlwaine-Friend House (DW34). Although he moved to Iowa, he had returned to Petersburg by 1870, where he built one of the city's most distinctive structures, the octagonal market. This is a fairly late--and a large--manifestation of the mid-nineteenth-century fad for octagonal buildings inspired by Orson S. Fowler's The Octagon House, A Home for All (1848). Initially, the market's high-raftered interior, lit by an octagonal cupola, was primarily for the sale of meat and similar perishables, while the outside stalls sheltered by a shed-roofed canopy on cast-iron brackets were for produce. Windows above the canopy are round-arched, but several of the first-floor round-arched entrances have been replaced by windows. The brick market remains one of the city's main attractions.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee
Coordinator: 
Anne Carter Lee
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Timeline

  • 1879

    Built
  • 1924

    remodeled

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Citation

Anne Carter Lee, "City Market", [Petersburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-DW15.

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