Main Street Station

Built as the Main Street Passenger Railroad Station in 1901, Richmond’s Main Street Station building has stood as a fine example of Beaux Arts architecture for more than a century. It served as the transportation hub of Richmond for more than 50 years, and its clock tower has become a local landmark for local citizens and travelers on nearby I-95.

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As with many buildings from this time period, decay and the elements had taken their toll on the facility’s masonry surfaces and terra-cotta details. Brickwork needed extensive repointing, freeze and thaw cycles cracked the terra-cotta and allowed water to infiltrate the building, balustrades were structurally unsound and stonework was deteriorating.

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The Project Involved:

  • Removal of damaged terra-cotta from the building’s cornice
  • Replacement of rusted cornice support brackets with stainless steel components
  • Replication of missing or damaged terra-cotta elements
  • Integration of new terra-cotta components with original materials
  • Rebuilding of the cornice and balustrades and bracing and reconstructing a massive, structurally compromised dormer
  • Matching and installing new brickwork in place of cracked and damaged masonry surfaces
  • Removal of sections of the original Briarhill Sandstone used on the foundation stones and light standards
  • Cutting, tooling and installing new stone to match existing materials

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Main Street Station
Main Street Station
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Main Street Station
Main Street Station
Main Street Station

Project Details

  • Completion Date: 6/21/2005
  • Owner: City of Richmond, Virginia
  • Architect: Gensler
  • General Contractor: Daniel and Company
  • Construction Manager: URS
  • Masonry Contractor: Graciano Corporation

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