The hidden Chimborazo beer vaults

10/06/2009 4:04 PM by


Selden Richardson has put up a nice piece on the hidden beer vaults of Chimborazo Park over at The Shockoe Examiner:

Many Richmonders have probably heard of the “beer vaults” that are somewhere under the park, but few know of their history or how extensive they are. A pencil and ink plan from the City Engineer’s office records in the archives of the Library of Virginia shows the position of the vaults and describes their considerable dimensions: six chambers, ranging from 30 to 60 feet long and arranged in a “L” pattern. The vaulted ceilings are approximately twenty feet tall. Considering a GRTC bus is about forty feet long, the large scale of these underground rooms is truly impressive.

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