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Does anyone remember what used to be in this building on the northeast corner of Eighth and East Main streets downtown? It’s available for lease now.

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Jon
Jon
10 years ago

The old BizSense global HQ?

nthecity
nthecity
10 years ago

Depends on how far back in the past you’re going I suppose. But the last thing I remember there was a branch of Wachovia bank.

David
David
10 years ago

It used to be the bank branch for Signet which became First Union. After Wachovia took over First Union, they closed the branch. Department of Social Services occupied the building for about 10 years and then moved across the street to WyteStone Plaza. The big advantage for this location is a whole lot of parking that goes with it.

scott
scott
10 years ago

Most recently a Wachovia Bank branch.

admin
admin
10 years ago

Thanks for the replies. Do banks no longer need downtown branches?

David
David
10 years ago

When BB&T moves from the FNB Building this year, that will leave two bank branches (Wachovia and BofA) on Main St – the so called Financial District of Downtown. Just a couple of years ago, there was a Commonwealth Bank, First Virginia Bank, and a Providian Bank along with the other banks previously mentioned all located between 7th and 10th Streets. Thanks for the noticing this trend of disappearing bank branches in downtown.

Jim Donahue
Jim Donahue
10 years ago

Obviously, the building has a long downtown Richmond history. Can anyone trace it back 50-75 years…or more?

brent spencer
brent spencer
10 years ago

There is a SunTrust branch on Main Street too.

Jon
Jon
10 years ago

Some one posted this on facebook about it:

“It was built in 1925 as a bank, located (appropriately) in the “Main Street Banking District,” a National historic district. So it has been several banks since, and is currently owned by Union Holdings (which was previously First Union Buildings).”

Jim Robb
Jim Robb
10 years ago

800 East Main Street, 1931, Architect: Hoggson Brothers
Noted as one of the last large Classical bank structures to be built in Richmond, the former Bank of Virginia headquarters still stands as a monument to a bygone era of rich architecture. The simplistic Doric columns with curved corner entry is remarkably handsome and powerful. The structure was last occupied by First Union Bank.
Information from Richmond City Watch, Thanks Ryan!
http://richmondcitywatch.com/bd_item.php?building_name=800+East+Main+Street