In the past couple of years I have spent quite a few hours wandering West Main Street. These photographs, taken over that period, attempt to capture some of what West Main has looked and felt like as this part of Charlottesville continues its broad transformation.
Possibly the last of its kind, these street signs attached to buildings were commonplace downtown a century ago. The signs were made with porcelain enameled steel.
This group of old brick buildings has recently been renovated for three new businesses.
The Charlottesville Motors Ford Dealership used to occupy this building, now gone.
One of the businesses that attempted to make use of the old dealership.
This building shows some Art Deco detailing revealing it’s early 20th Century construction. It once housed a grocery store.
Window on West Main.
Century-old brick work.
Last days for this building near Midway.
New construction is changing the streetscape by moving skyward.
Preservation of some of the oldest buildings helps to maintain a link to the area’s history.
Interior of an abandoned building.