Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Richmond Skyline from Church Hill - Before and After

Here's a Before and After of a pretty famous view: The skyline of Richmond from the end of East Grace St in Church Hill. First up, 1974. Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Here's what this view looked like in February of 2011. Are my eyes playing tricks on me, or has the Bank of America building sunk a bit since 1974 (compared to City Hall)? Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

1974 photo courtesy of VCU Libraries


  1. the building hasn't sunk...the two shot just aren't perfectly the same, the recent one is a wider angle as you can see the entire north building at mcv.

  2. WOW! thanks s much for posting these! Way back when, i went to that spot behind the old WRVA studeos and snapped many skyline pictures for school projects - amazing to see how much the city continues to grow and change - may it continue! Interesting the re-modeling job on City Hall - from what i remember, the skin of the building currently more closely resembles the original architectural renderings - the original design somehow (cost maybe?) got changed when the building was built. Maybe because I grew up with the 'old' look - but I always found the blockish 'white' skin much more aesthetically pleasing than the current design. Also- too bad the old Fidelity Building nowadays is all white - instead of the very distinctive black and white stripe pattern from its early days. Always loved that tower!