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123-0050 City Market (Farmers' Market)

City Market (Farmers' Market)
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VLR Listing Date 11/05/1968

NRHP Listing Date 06/11/1969

NPS property number 69000345

Orson Squire Fowler’s treatise A Home for All (1848) extolling the advantages of octagonal buildings resulted not only in the construction of numerous octagonal houses but in the erection of other eight sided structures, including Petersburg’s 1879 farmers’ market, originally called the Farm Market Center. The focus of the city’s colorful commercial area, the building is the fourth to be located on the site, the first one having been erected after the town market was established here in the 1790s. The present building was designed and built by B. J. Black, a Baltimore builder-designer who came to Petersburg in the 1850s. It is notable both for its shape and for its decorative cast iron brackets supporting the canopy and projecting market shed. Although the exterior stalls still accommodate farmers, the interior has been converted into a restaurant.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018