What is Historic Richmond’s involvement?
- Historic Richmond has a history of proactively and positively partnering with the Commonwealth on Capitol Square projects going back many decades and including Old City Hall and more recently with the 9th Street Office Building.
- Historic Richmond has been monitoring developments relating to the GAB and the former Murphy Hotel site for many years. We have written a detailed architectural history of the GAB highlighting the history and architectural significance of the building, which can be found on our website (see link above). Along with other like-minded groups (including Preservation Virginia, Partnership for Smarter Growth, Virginia Conservation Network, and Southern Environmental Law Center), in February 2014 and again in August, 2015, we wrote to General Assembly leaders and the Commonwealth,:
- urging them to save the 1912 façade of the GAB; and
- recommending that the design for the parking structure at 9th and Broad Streets (the former Murphy Hotel site) include active ground-floor retail uses and above-ground office space, which would complement nearby public buildings while advancing the economic revitalization of the City, increasing pedestrian activity and improving safety, and, offering the potential for additional revenues or office space to the Commonwealth.