Main Street Station

Main Street Station

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Main street station has always been a Richmond landmark. Its was designed in the french renissanse revival style by Wilson, Harris, and Richards, and was completed in 1901 after several delays due to the economy. The Huge shed in the back was where the trains would pull into to unload passengers, and it was one of the last gable roofed train station sheds built in america. Main street Station is also well known for its grand clock tower as it is known as one of the greatest landmarks along I95. The station continued through the fifties with a steady flow of passengers untill seaboard airline moved servises to broad street station (now the science Museum). From there, ridership declined, and the station closed in 1975. Luckly, it was not torn down as it had been on the national register of historic places since 1970 and became a historic landmark a year later in 1976. It was turned into a shopping mall a few years later, but in 1983, the station expirienced a servere fire, and the whole roof, and much of the train shed had to be repaired. Even when the mall finally opened, it soon closed down in 1985. Afterwards, the station was the site of a failed nightclub, and state offices. Eventually, after years of vacancies, and short lived venues, the station was reopened as a train station 19 2003. Plans are also currently underway to make the shed a transportation hub for light rail lines. Please rate #Edwardian #Gilded_age_of_rail #Main_Street_Station #Richmond_VA #Train_Station #Victorian
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