The Changing Face of West Main Street: Introduction

22090005Over the next few months C’ville Images will be featuring a series of posts on West Main Street in Charlottesville. The image above shows the section of town at the top of Vinegar Hill known as “Midway.” The Lewis and Clark monument seen in the picture has stood there for nearly a century while dramatic changes have occurred around it.

IMG_8125While technically West Main Street starts at First Street (seen above) on the Downtown Mall, our area of focus in the series will be from Midway to The Corner at UVA.

Holsinger West MainSince the turn of the 20th Century this stretch of real estate has evolved from a hotel district to Charlottesville’s Motor mile, and is currently shifting back to hotels and some residential use.

duck_inn_1Through the decades, shopping, restaurants and entertainment have dotted this corridor, but it has had its share of grim years.

_DSC7978The series will show both old and current photographs of this vital, but ever-changing, part of Charlottesville.

For all previous posts on West Main Street search “West Main” at the top of this page. Find even more in our “Charlottesville Then and Now” archives.

 Black and White photo by Rufus Holsinger courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library. Black and White photo of The Duck Inn by Duncan Brown and used with permission.        All other images from the collection at CHIL.

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