On Thursday evening, one week from tonight, take a photographic tour through time down Main Street, Charlottesville. We will take a look at vintage photographs of some of the downtown landmarks like The Paramount, The Jefferson, and The National Bank Building as well as some locations that you may never have heard about. We have quite a few never-shown-before images, so come on out!
This will not be a dry history lesson full of names and dates to memorize, but rather a visual feast of photographic images that tell their own story. We will not be debating the pros and cons of the Downtown Pedestrian Mall nor reliving the controversial “urban renewal” of Vinegar Hill. That’s all been done before (and will certainly be done again). Thursday’s show will be a visual tour of Main Street over the past century that will hopefully bring a few surprises and leave you wondering about the past and imagining the future of Downtown Charlottesville.
C’ville Coffee, 4/11, 7pm. $5.
Top image by Rufus Holsinger, Special Collections, UVA Library.
Second image by Ed Roseberry, Roseberry Collection, CHIL.