John Shepherd, West Main

John Shepherd Mel's West Main 2

Photographer John Shepherd has been taking photographs of street scenes in Charlottesville for decades and his earliest work includes photos of West Main Street dating to the early 1970s. John (seen in the above image on a recent walk along West Main St.) will be joining C’ville Images on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 to co-narrate a photographic history of West Main in Charlottesville over the past century or more. We will include some of John’s work but many other photographers as well. The program will reveal the remarkable changes that have occurred here over the years.

Below are just a handful of John’s images of West Main. More of his photography from Charlottesville (and around the world) can be found here.

Tickets for the upcoming show ($10 ea.) are almost sold out but can still be had by contacting us.

Live Bait 1976 Inge's pepsi and Coke 1976-1 Pace's Taxi Sign1976 Duck In 1976-1 Charlottesville Motors #8-1

 All photographs are copyrighted and may not be used without permission.


Changing Face of West Main

March 12, 2015 is the date for C’ville Images first show of the year.  The slideshow presentation will be held at our usual venue, C’ville Coffee. John Shepherd and Steve Trumbull will co-narrate a large selection of photos covering the changes along this historic street in Charlottesville.  (Tickets are limited and only available by contacting us through this website’s contact page). Here is just a small sampling of the images we are working through to assemble this photographic “tour through time” covering the past 100-plus years of West Main Street.

Queen Charlotte 1919An early look (circa 1919) at the Queen Charlotte Hotel that stood across from the Southern Railroad station throughout the first half of the 20th Century.

20520019Now a restaurant, we will trace the history of this building back into the days when West Main was C’ville’s “Motor Mile.”

18760002Another prominent landmark on West Main, the Albemarle Hotel.

IMG_8486First Baptist Church on West Main dates to the 1880s making it one of the oldest extant structures in this ever-changing part of town.

Holsinger Livers Car and HouseThe program will also look at some of the residences that lined West Main more than a century ago, a few of which still stand today.

20510009West Main has seen a number of murals come and go over the years.

IMG_7137We will also look at the bridge on West Main crossing the Southern RR line along with many other remarkable changes this urban corridor has seen through the years.

All photographs are part of the extensive image collection at C’ville Images with the exception of the two B&W photographs which come courtesy Special Collections, UVA Library.  All work is copyrighted and used by permission and is not to be reproduced or used without permission.