VCU Recreational Sports has an interesting history of the building that is the new Cary Street Gym.
Over the years, what is now known as the Cary Street Gym has housed a public market, auditorium, warehouse, and a world-class recreational facility. It was because of the incorporation of Oregon Hill in 1891, the Third Market (The Cary Street Gym) opened its doors.
In form and function, the Third Market resembled the architectural characteristic of European department stores and markets, specifically those built in Italy and France during the late nineteenth century. One direct architectural correlation can be drawn between the Third Street Market and the San Lorenzo Market in Florence, Italy; both bear remarkably similar gabled roofs and exposed steel framing