The Resource Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.) architectural drawings

Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.) architectural drawings

Label
Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.) architectural drawings, 1990-1991
Title
Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.) architectural drawings
Inclusive dates
1990-1991
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Architectural drawings, 1990-1991, of proposed renovations to the National Theatre by the firm Marcellus Wright, Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.). Included in this collection are drawings of the south and west elevations and a number of floor plans including, the mezzanine, balcony, and street levels and the roof and fan rooms
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
  • The National Theatre, constructed by the architect Claude K. Howell in 1922, is located at the northeast corner of East Broad and 7th Streets in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The exterior of the National Theatre resembles an Italian Renaissance villa while inside is more restrained. Oval domes over the two-level lobby and the auditorium give an impression of palatial spaciousness.
  • The National's roster of performers ranged from vaudeville novelty acts like the "Mermaid in the Crystal Bowl" to the 1934 Broadway double bill of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" and "Candida," both of which featured a young Orson Welles and stage legend Katherine Cornell. Musicians who played there included Eddie Cantor and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. Barbra Streisand's "Funny Girl" opened in 1968 with fanfare and spotlights. The last picture show at The National was Lou Ferrigno's "Hercules," Sept. 5, 1983.
  • In 1989 the National Theatre was puchased by the Historic Richmond Foundation after learning it had become threatend for deomolition for surface parking. For years the foundation maintained and stabilized the building. In September 2006, the Historic Richmond Foundation sold the National Theatre to RIC Capital Ventures, LLC, who renovated the historic theatre into a 1500-seat live music venue for downtown Richmond. It has been renamed "The National."
Cataloging source
VIC
Label
Marcellus Wright Cox and Smith (Richmond, Va.) architectural drawings
Note
See Private Papers Location Database for stacks location
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  • The Library of Virginia
Dimensions
42 x 30 in.
Extent
10 sheets
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Kimberly Chen,
Other physical details
diazotypes
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001579342

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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