Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Queen Charlotte Hotel, early 1920s



This site where this grand old hotel used to sit is now an empty parking lot on the north side of West Main St. (next to the Drewary Brown Bridge).

2 comments:

ocymum said...

If you're on University Grounds and can stop into a library or public computer lab (or if you are off-Grounds but use the University's private network) you can use the following link:

http://sanborn.umi.com/sanborn/image/view?state=va&reelid=reel03&lcid=8995&imagename=00182&mapname=Charlottesville+1929%2C+Sheet+41&zoomName=150&zoomValue=1.5&zoomNewName=100¢erX=1163¢erY=1601&viewportWidth=925&viewportHeight=700&clickType=zoom&zoomLevelPicker=100

to see this section on the 1929 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. I can't figure out which building might be the hotel, because oddly, the railroad tracks aren't shown on this section map, although they are shown just east of Cedar (8 1/2) St on the key for 1929. It seems the streets were renumbered at some point.

DaveNorris said...

Thanks for doing this research! Actually, the Queen Charlotte was just to the east of 8 1/2 St., as you can see on this Sanborn map from 1920:

http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/maps/sanborn/maps.php?map=08&year=1920

On a side note, it would be great to see 8 1/2 St. reopened someday as part of a larger effort to reconnect the Westhaven neighborhood with the greater Charlottesville community...