For old school Richmonders, the animated Climax sign that once sat atop Belle Isle amidst the James River was an iconic landmark. The flashing neon sign with clock perched above greeted automobile traffic for more than thirty years as commuters crossed the Old Lee Bridge into Richmond. In fact, the Climax
In 1866 a young factory girl began writing letters to the Richmond Dispatch about the sorry state of the then town of Manchester. The ensuing controversy whipped the rumor mill on both sides of the river into an absolute frenzy.
Perhaps the most intrigueing part of the story is that the
We received an email early this week informing us that Manchester's second oldest surviving place of worship, Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, was up for sale. The historic church is in desperate need of repairs given water inundation problems that caused a joist to fail. Then the most recent windstorm from
The Hull Street library has been running a series of talks as part of its Books for a Better World Series. Their latest event will be this Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 PM for a talk with Dale Brumfield, who will be discussing his latest book, "The Virginia State Penitentiary:
We have written extensively about the renovation of The Baldwin Building at 1209 Hull Street that is currently underway. The building is being converted into Dogtown Brewing Co as I write this. The old Baldwin Building was once an independent dry goods store, but was sold in the late 1950s in
This year's Keep Virginia Beautiful Shiver in the River event is taking place today Saturday, February 24th at 10 AM at Diversity Park at 0 Hull Street. If you don't know where that is, it is at the base of the Mayo Bridge in Manchester. Come join if you want
Richmond BizSense is reporting that Bay Diesel and Bass Crane Service located at 700 Semmes Ave are both scheduled to vacate their property and relocate as part of a property exchange that values the parcel at approximately $3 Million. If the move is completed as planned, the parcel would potentially
The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Holly Prestidge has written an expansive article about Manchester's Hull Street and the four new breweries and eateries that are soon to open: Hot Diggity Donuts, The Butterbean Market & Cafe, Dogtown Brewing Co, & Manastoh Brewing. Here is an excerpt from that article:
"The taste-testing and research
Two new homes have recently been listed for sale in the Manchester area. If you are looking to buy, these might be a few to consider.
Also included below, are the two new sister homes that we reported earlier that were placed on the market.
104 W 13th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
We are happy to announce that Manastoh Brewing is set to come to Manchester’s Hull Street. The food forward brewery will set up shop in the historic Bank of Commerce & Trusts building at 1128 Hull Street.
The Manastoh name was selected to honor the original Native American reference for Manchester
Did you know that there was once a proposal to build a park structure at the Eastern edge of Belle Isle? The vintage rendering shows that the proposal included sale boat slips on the northeastern and southeastern edge of the island, a boardwalk, a large artificial fountain, and multi-level mezzanine
I drive Hull Street twice a day on my morning commute. I am constantly looking around trying to soak in all I can about this once thriving business corridor. Hull’s commercial strip is a piece of forgotten Richmond that has stories to tell-some good, some bad, and some tragic.
After multiple changes in plans, Cristo Rey announced last Spring their intention to build a new schoold in Manchester as we covered in Cristo Rey Private School Comes To Manchester! Unfortunately for Manchester, that plan appears to have changed again.
On Tuesday, Cristo Rey announced at the VMFA that it has changed its
Richmond's food deserts are getting hit over the head with sobering news in the past few days. Within the past 48 hours, Jim Scanlon who once had ambitious plans to build a Jim's Local Market in Richmond's East End announced he would be closing his Norfolk store. Here is what
Two newly constructed sister homes have just been put up for sale in Manchester.
At 1,950 square feet each, both 208 W 15th Street and 210 W 15th Street are listed for sale for $319,950. Given the lack of recently renovated or newly constructed housing in the area, my guess is that
Dogtown Dance Theatre is hosting another Madrid Gras celebration this year on Saturday, February 10th. Here are the details from their website:
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Show Admission: $15
Children 5-12: $5
Children under 5: FREE
SHOW and DANCE PARTY: 4PM - 8:30PM
Dogtown Dance Theatre brings New Orleans style to Richmond for the 7th
We are extremely thankful for the coverage that Greg Gilligan from the Richmond Time's-Dispatch provided on the efforts to restore the former Siegel's grocery store in Swansboro.
The article is chock full of information, and there are tons of great historical photographs. There are also some great shots of the interior
There has been a complicated set of church swapping going on in Manchester these days. Or should I call that human ATM location swapping?
I have always felt a strong sense of unease at the sheer number of churches which seem to crop up in the poverty stricken neighborhoods of Richmond.
Manchester is seeing a flurry of activity related to old home renovation and new home construction. The postive momentum is a great sign for renewed pride, new investment in an area expected to appreciate, and badly needed improvement of the aging housing stock.
Here are three examples of recently listed homes
According to the 7 Hills Seafood & Brewing Co facebook page, it looks like we are about to have one less food and drink option available to serve the local area. And while 7 Hills Brewing isn't located in Manchester, it's only a short trip across the Mayo Bridge in Shockoe