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Historic Fulton’s commercial strip (undated)

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36 comments

Spacecat 05/01/2017 at 8:21 AM

A Style Weekly article quoting from an old Fulton newsletter describes the location.

http://m.styleweekly.com/richmond/the-greatest-place-on-earth/Content?oid=1379516

“…The heart of Fulton’s shopping complex was where Louisiana Street and Williamsburg Avenue met. The streetcar stopped there, made a loop and either headed back up Main Street or over the viaduct and across Church Hill. … Jammed into this short stretch in the late 1940’s were Pete’s Barber Shop, the American Lunch Restaurant, the LaTouche and the Bowle’s grocery stores, the Fulton Clothing works, Fairlamb’s Confectionary, Smither’s Restaurant, Robinson’s Barber Shop, Ray Long’s furniture store, Harry Simon’s department store, Home Bakery, the Star Theatre, Allen’s Shoe Shine Parlor, Tinken’s Confectionary, Whitlock’s Barber Shop, Homeworker’s Handicraft and Co-operative and Ar

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Spacecat 05/01/2017 at 8:24 AM

You can make out Simon’s Department store on the right side.

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Patrick Clark 05/01/2017 at 11:37 AM

Looks mid 60’s from the car in the middle. City records should have the address for Simon’s Department Store at right.

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Jason Sewell 05/01/2017 at 2:31 PM

Assuming this photograph was taken facing due east, here is what that scene looks like currently. The asphalt strip you see running left-to-right is a newly-constructed part of Admiral Gravely Blvd, but it appears to be built on top of the old roadbed of Williamsburg Ave, based on historical maps.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/e2gvrgby6a2ybix/Screenshot%202017-05-01%2014.28.27.png?dl=0

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tiny 05/01/2017 at 3:19 PM

so sad this is all gone

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Cadeho 05/02/2017 at 7:55 PM

Louisiana Street had the trolly tracks.

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Cadeho 05/02/2017 at 8:09 PM Reply
Cadeho 05/02/2017 at 8:45 PM

Although I titled it oldandnew… the new refers to 2005… but I have taken many pictures at this intersection.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b62/RVAPics/oldandnew%20Fulton.jpg

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Eric Huffstutler 05/02/2017 at 11:28 PM

Unfortunately, you can see the condition of these buildings are in poor shape, but nothing like others seen in the photo series.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 05/02/2017 at 10:32 PM

The original source says this was part of a series of photographs showing Fulton and its degraded conditions – taken in 1967.

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Cadeho 05/03/2017 at 2:27 AM

They don’t look much different from other places in Richmond.

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