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Staunton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ast Building

 
 
Ast Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2008
1. Ast Building Marker
Inscription. The photo shows the staff of Ast Hardware around 1915; Capt. Joseph P. Ast is second from left. In 1975, this half of the Ast building was demolished to provide an access ramp to the new parking garage, leaving the blank wall of the remaining part of the building. In 1980, a competition was held to choose a mural design for this blank wall. The whimsical result is if a painter painting back the original side wall of the old Ast Hardware building!
 
Erected by Historic Staunton Foundation.
 
Location. 38° 8.961′ N, 79° 4.425′ W. Marker is in Staunton, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Beverley Street (Virginia Route 254) and South Central Avenue when traveling east on West Beverley Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Staunton VA 24401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Augusta National Bank Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); T. J. Collins & Son (about 300 feet away); The Wesleyan Female Institute (about 400 feet away); Dr. Alexander Humphreys (about 400 feet away); Trinity Church (about
Detail from Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2008
2. Detail from Marker
400 feet away); a different marker also named Dr. Alexander Humphreys (about 500 feet away); The Hon. Archibald Stuart (about 500 feet away); Augusta County World War I Memorial Tablet (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staunton.
 
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Former Ast Building, at Half its Original Width image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 24, 2008
3. Former Ast Building, at Half its Original Width
Trompe l'oeil (mural) consists of the side windows and white plaster design. Walkway leads to the roof of the parking garage behind the building. The space gained by the half-demolition was also used to widen Center Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,020 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on October 13, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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