7th Street in the Sixties

The demolition of a Richmond fire station at Seventh and Leigh Streets; image shows the brick building with a large hole in the side; a crane with wrecking ball is visible in the image; the partially constructed Richmond Coliseum rises from behind the station.

Contractors beginning to lift half of the roof off the new four-story Virginia Employment Commission building at East Main and Seventh Streets; image shows two men in plaid shirts watching two hydraulic jacks on top of the roof.


After putting ‘Seventh Street’ into the search engine, the majority of the images seem to come from 1960 through to 1970. Most of these images themselves contain either construction or building work being undertaken. This implies that Seventh was probably identified by the Richmond City Council as an area that they needed to renovate, seeing as it is so central (at least physically) to Richmond.

As well as the above images, construction on the Coliseum also commenced in 1968, on the intersection at Seventh Street and Clay Street; it is now an extremely recognizable and important part of Richmond today.

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2 Responses to 7th Street in the Sixties

  1. urcm9qf says:

    This is very interesting that throughout the city of Richmond similar reconstruction efforts were rippling similar to the activity on Duval Street. It would be interesting to uncover why this reconstruction precipitated at the same time and what the ultimate goal of the city officials of this time were. For Duval Street I am still trying to figure out whether the improvements and construction efforts on the street were for the benefit of the residents of Duval Street or for the improvement and travel routes of residents from other parts of the city. (focusing on the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike).


  2. urmk8sk says:

    Construction was itself a growing industry at the time, but who was pushing this forward? Were these buildings private or public projects, or both? The new spaces in Richmond vary vastly from the old ones from the looks of these photos.


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