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Tredegar in the Twentieth Century / Then and Now

 
 
Tredegar in the Twentieth Century & Then and Now panels image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
1. Tredegar in the Twentieth Century & Then and Now panels
Inscription. Tredegar in the Twentieth Century

The lines in the parking lot represent the outlines of buildings as shown on this 1951 insurance map of Tredegar. Three machine shops stood to your right. Constructed in 1872 to manufacture railroad cars, they were converted to boiler and machine shops around 1884-1887. By 1887, a series of buildings, represented by the lines in front of you, had been constructed for the production of horseshoes here at Tredegar.

Then and Now

The Tredegar Iron Works once covered most of this site. The parking lot in front of you was densely packed with the machine and horseshoe shops of the Tredegar Iron Works. Compare the current and historical views, noting the Pattern Building on the right. The World War I-era photograph shows the horseshoe department in the foreground, and Gamble’s Hill, currently the headquarters of the Ethyl Corporation on the horizon.
 
Location. 37° 32.084′ N, 77° 26.812′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street. Touch for map. This marker is located in the parking lot of the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. Marker is
Tredegar in the Twentieth Century panel image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
2. Tredegar in the Twentieth Century panel
at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horseshoe Shops (a few steps from this marker); Tredegar Rolling Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Machines at Tredegar (within shouting distance of this marker); What’s That? (within shouting distance of this marker); Gateway to the Civil War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belle Isle Prison (about 300 feet away); Belle Isle and Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works (about 300 feet away); The Bulldozer Press (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. Tredegar in the Twentieth Century
On the left is a photograph of Tredegar with the caption, "View of the Tredegar site from the river. The front of the machine shops can be seen clearly."

On the right is a map of the Tredegar complex with the caption, "The 1951 insurance map shows what buildings exited during that period. Those that remain today are shown in three-dimensions."

Then and Now
On the left is a modern view of Tredegar compared to the WWI-era historical view on the right.
 
Also see . . .
Machine shops at Tredegar image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
3. Machine shops at Tredegar
View of the Tredegar site from the river. The front of the machine shops can be seen clearly.

1. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Tredegar Iron Works. National Park Service (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Tredegar Complex Layout image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
4. Tredegar Complex Layout
The 1951 insurance map shows what buildings exited during that period. Those that remain today are shown in three-dimensions.
Then and Now panel image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
5. Then and Now panel
Modern View image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
6. Modern View
World War I-era View image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
7. World War I-era View
Lines in the parking lot represent the outlines of buildings image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
8. Lines in the parking lot represent the outlines of buildings
Location of the Tredegar markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
9. Location of the Tredegar markers
View of the 1861 Gun Foundry Building image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
10. View of the 1861 Gun Foundry Building
Now the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.
View of the Pattern Storage Building image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
11. View of the Pattern Storage Building
Now the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Entrance to the Tredegar Site image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
12. Entrance to the Tredegar Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   8. submitted on November 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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