Some history of the ChildSavers building

07/02/2008 8:15 AM by

Style Weekly’s Edwin Slipek Jr. delves into the history and architectural import of the old WRVA tower, now the headquarters for the nonprofit ChildSavers.

ChildSavers, an organization providing care for local children since 1924, has renewed one of the city’s most visible and important mid-20th-century architectural landmarks. […] A row of dilapidated brick houses near the corner of East Grace and 22nd streets, in the then-rejuvenating historic district, was demolished and an intriguing, Acropolis-like broadcasting complex was completed in 1968. It was a brilliant move architecturally on the part of the radio station, as the facility all but claimed Richmond: Its broadcasters looked out from their studios through cargo-bay-sized windows over the downtown skyline, the sweep of the James River and the curves of Interstate 95.

Photo by Paul Vivier.

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