Thursday, July 15, 2010

Main and Laurel St., 1951

Corner of Main and Laurel Streets, 1951
Image looking east taken from the second floor
of the Richmond Mosque (now the Landmark Theatre)

We see here Monroe Park on the left. This image was just taken days after the famous 1951 tornado that went through Richmond taking off roofs and tearing down trees. The tracks of the streetcar system can still be seen. VCU's Gladding Residence Center now occupies the right side of Main St.

Click on the image Twice to see a much larger view.

More images documenting the 1951 tornado event are available in Special Collections and Archives (SCA), VCU Libraries. The images were lent to SCA by the Richmond Dept. of Parks and Recreation and digitally scanned.

- Ray B.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So cool! Thanks for posting. History rules.