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127-0438 Cary Street Park and Shop Center

Cary Street Park and Shop Center
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VLR Listing Date 06/14/2000

NRHP Listing Date 07/05/2001

NRHP Reference Number 01000701

Cary Street Park and Shop Center, designed by Richmond architect Carl Messerschmidt in 1938, and developed and built by forward-thinking Richmond coal merchant Julian H. Dillon, was the first shopping center in Richmond and one of the first in the South. It occupies a two-block area on the north side of West Cary Street in an area now known as Carytown. It combines architectural elements of both the Art Deco and International Style genres. The two-acre complex contains about 16 shops (the number varies) to form a horizontally elongated “U” around the parking lot. The shopping center is a well-preserved example of the “Park and Shop” paradigm for suburban retail complexes that appeared in the 1930s and changed the face of urban America.

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

Updated August 29, 2018