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.