Main Street Station

Also known as: New Union Station, Seaboard Airline/Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Station
1020 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia

Historic railroad station that lost all passenger service..... and then got some of it back


Main Street Station

Old Seaboard Air Line track to the left of the building. The Chesapeake & Ohio is to the right, out of frame. The C&O hosts several Amtrak trains a day now.

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson

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The Main Street Station, one of the few French Renaissance buildings in Richmond, exemplifies a standard train station plan of the late-nineteenth century. Designed by Wilson, Harris and Richards of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who also designed the Pennsylvania-Reading Station, the station was a very busy travel center of the city during the heyday of passenger service. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS VA-848)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1970
Reference number
NR name
Main Street Station and Trainshed
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts; Other architectural type; Warren truss
Areas of significance
Commerce; Engineering; Transportation; Architecture
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1900; 1901
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • May 4, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • April 4, 2013: Photo imported by Joseph Hinson



Main Street Station
Posted December 20, 2012, by Joseph Hinson (joethephotog [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Added five photos to this classy Richmond, Va. landmark.