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ArchitectureRichmond: Grace Street’s Dominion Place

ArchitectureRichmond looks at Grace Street’s Dominion Place:

A stoic brutalist slab, the 12 story Dominion Place rises out of the leafy Fan District near the corner of Ryland Avenue and Grace Street. It is the closest Richmond has come to Unité d’Habitation, Le Corbusier’s famous housing tower in Marseille, France. Concrete and glass are the materials, though some brick is used at the base and to delineate the central stair tower. The building features a communal roof terrace. The asymmetrical facade and rhythmically changing horizontal window bands may make the building feel radical comparative to the older surrounding neighborhood. However, its effect on the community is nearly identical to the adjacent Gresham Court apartment tower.

I’ve not been able to find any photos of this block before this building went up in 1978 – anybody got anything?

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