Monday, January 29, 2007

Downtown Cville, circa 1980

Here's a great view of Downtown Charlottesville, circa 1980 -- pre-Amphitheater, pre-Omni, pre-Bodo's (how did they ever get by?!), pre-Regal, pre-Ice Rink, pre-Water Street garage, pre-City Hall Annex, pre-LexisNexis, pre-Queen Charlotte Square.... The "Glass Building" wasn't very glassy, the Mall was still in its infancy, and "Friendship Court" was the spankin'-new Garrett Square. My, how things have changed...

2 comments:

Waldo said...

It looks like there's no Central Place fountain but, rather, just a pair of trees. I wonder if that was a later addition, something in the original plan that didn't appear until the early 80s?

DaveNorris said...

Thanks Waldo, you may be right, but I'm thinking that the black smudge in front of the trees is the Central Place fountain -- it's only slightly less smudgier on the original postcard, unfortunately... It does look like the Central Place building hadn't been built yet at that time, which throws off the perspective a bit.