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127-0834 Moore's Auto Body and Paint Shop

Moore's Auto Body and Paint Shop
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2020

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VLR Listing Date 08/18/1993

NRHP Listing Date 10/14/1993

NRHP Reference Number 93001123

This curved arcade comfortably maintains a presence among the larger-scale buildings of Richmond’s West Broad Street. The Moore’s Auto Body and Paint Shop serves as a tangible demonstration of how visual dignity can be imparted to the most utilitarian buildings through the competent use of the architectural vocabulary of classicism. The Mediterranean-style work is the fa├žade of an 1875 brick stable. The design was commissioned by J. Luther Moore from the local firm of Lee, Smith, and VanderVoort. Moore purchased the stable in 1926. Acknowledging West Broad Street’s fashionable character, the architects ingeniously gave the block an elegant corner. The building was used as an automotive service station until 1936. Since then it has offered automobile repairs by various successive firms, maintaining a century-old tradition of servicing transportation vehicles here.

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

Updated: July 7, 2021