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127-0457 Manchester Industrial Historic District

Manchester Industrial Historic District*click on image to enlarge.
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VLR Listing Date 03/15/2000

NRHP Listing Date 08/02/2000

Manchester Industrial Historic District illustrates the pattern of uninterrupted commercial and industrial enterprise historically associated with the falls of the James River and the early settlement of its south bank as the independent city of Manchester. It was characterized by tobacco warehouses, textile and flourmills, and warehouses. The Manchester Commons, mill ruins, segments of a canal, and millraces survive from the antebellum era. The buildings that stand today exemplify Richmond’s emergence as an industrial city of the New South. Most of them are commercial structures dating from 1880 to 1950. Visually cohesive in scale and materials, the buildings are constructed of high-quality masonry in a variety of architectural styles including Art Deco, Beaux Arts classicism, commercial, Italianate, modern, and Queen Anne. The district covers 35 blocks and contains 40 contributing buildings.

Updated August 3, 2018