Three Corners District
Three Corners is a district of Richmond's Northside, defined as the area bound by Broad Street to the south, The Boulevard to the west, and Hermitage Road to the east. It receives its name from the triangular shape of the area, with notable landmarks situated near each of the three intersections.
To the north lies The Diamond, home of the VCU Rams and the Richmond Flying Squirrels AA baseball team; to the west is the Science Museum of Virginia, formerly the Broad Street Train Station; and, to the east is the historic Sauers Vanilla Factory, which features one of the oldest moving lightbulb billboards in the nation.
Three Corners is a low population density area consisting mostly of light industrial development; however, there are some other notable features, including the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' downtown office, Sportsbackers Stadium, and The Arthur Ashe Center.
Additionally, 2 residential projects have been completed, the Todd Lofts @ Hermitage Apartment Homes and the Southern Stove Lofts.
The Todd Lofts building, once the home of the Richmond Brewery and Hygeia Ice Factory, was eventually taken over by E.M. Todd Hams once prohibition outlawed alcohol. The company vacated the building in 1998 and construction of the new apartments began in late 2002.
Southern Stove's cavernous main stove works building is a single story with a 60-foot-tall ceiling and steel trusses. The foundry was built in 1902. Its roof system was made with 8-inch poured concrete as a fire barrier for sparks and soot from the stoves. The premises were purchased by J.P. Taylor Leaf Tobacco Co. in 1921. A three-story middle building is reinforced with heavy timbers. Bricks on the south side of the middle building are pitted from battering by barrels, or hog sheads, loaded with tobacco. It last housed beers from Austria, Germany and Eastern Europe.
Bow-Tie Cinemas constructed a seventeen-screen Movieland Theater in Boulevard Square at the intersection of Boulevard and Leigh Street, just south of Interstates 95 and 64. The building housing the movie theater is an old steelworks factory built in the nineteenth century. Much of the original industrial character of the building was maintained through the renovation.
On August 18, 2010, Kasper Mortgage Company Filed suit against the Bowtie Partners, the New York Based owners of movieland, saying Kasper Mortgage says it is entitled to lost profits and out-of-pocket expenses stemming from historic-tax-credit consulting work. Kasper Mortgage is asking for lost profits of $184,725.60. The Bowtie Partners spent around 16.4 million renovating the property.
- The Diamond Official Website
- The Science Museum of Virginia
- The C.F. Sauer Company
- Southern Stove Lofts
- The Todd Lofts @ Hermitage