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

The Oldest Commercial Building in Richmond

1817

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, April 3, 2013
1. The Oldest Commercial Building in Richmond Marker
Inscription. Built in 1817, this structure is the oldest commercial building in Richmond. As this building was being built, James Madison, a Virginian, was serving as the 4th President of the United States.

During the Civil War, the Union Army passed by this spot on their way into Richmond. This area was the heart of the Confederate Civil War hospital, prison and supply district.

Originally a lumberhouse, It has served the community as a brewery, soap and candle factory, saddle factory, gunsmith and produce market. The storefront was added in 1909 to depict the popular Greek Revival style of architecture.
 
Location. 37° 32.024′ N, 77° 25.619′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North 18th Street (U.S. 360) and East Franklin Street, on the left when traveling north on North 18th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Origins of Richmond (here, next to this marker); Francis Asbury (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate General Hospital No. 12 (about 400 feet away); Craig House (about
The Oldest Commercial Building in Richmond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 3, 2013
2. The Oldest Commercial Building in Richmond Marker
500 feet away); The Oldest House (about 700 feet away); Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (about 800 feet away); Early Quakers in Richmond (about 800 feet away); Branch Public Baths (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
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By Bernard Fisher
3. N 18th St & E Franklin St
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on February 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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