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What may have been on 25th Street

A neat note from Selden Richardson:

With all the recent discussion of the ratty appearance of the area around the post office on 25th Street, I thought I’d send this in. This may have been the building the post office replaced. It certainly underscores the hopeful little pocket of commercial development (at just about low ebb of the entire Great Depression) in the shadow of the movie theater. We are left with the bricked up remains of that initiative, the soul-deadening U.S. post office, and the literal ruins of the theater.

Carl Messerschmidt, who died in 1994, was one of several German architects who came to Richmond. Beginning in 1919, he designed such diverse projects as a baseball park and clubhouse for Mayo’s Island to buildings for Collegiate School to Fan District residences.

July 2011 image via Google
July 2011 image via Google

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Thomas Vick
Thomas Vick
6 years ago

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Mark Kronenthal
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Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
6 years ago

Let me jump in on this one since it looks like no one has responded and hopefully Mr. Richardson will also see it. The Post Office was built in 1957 and expanded in 1968. There were houses there prior. What you are seeing in the newspaper artist rendering is actually the restaurant that can’t seem to catch a break where Sarafran’s Soulfood is today! The concept by Messerschmidt was done when the Patrick Henry Theatre was built in 1933 at 406 N 25th but looking at very bad tax assessment card photographs, the restaurant when eventually built in 1938 opened… Read more »

Herr Haartrockner
Herr Haartrockner
6 years ago

Looking at the almost moderne USPS building from this foto perspective, I think it would make a great location for a small rock and roll music club.

I will call it CBGB @ USPS.

Is the building for sale?

I am an out of town investor.

From Royalty.

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
6 years ago

The Post Office building as far as I know is not for sale. It is privately owned and leased to the government for like 10 or 20 years at a time. The artist sketch from 1933 was a proposal building that was never built most likely due to the hight of the drpression era but was eventually built at the suggested location in 1938 and is the building now located at 412 N 25th – can be seen to the left side of the Post Office in the photo. They used a little of both architecture styles between the two… Read more »

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