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The Virginia Welcome Center has found a new home in Main Street Station. Staffed by specialists from Virginia Tourism, the Welcome Center can give you all the information you need on excursion tours, restaurants, shopping, music venues and all the other attractions in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood, Shockoe Slip, our downtown district and throughout the city. Just outside the station, the 17th Street Marketplace is a popular spot for dining and nightlife. And the connector path to the 52-mile Capital Bike Trail will soon cut right through our building.




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The Main Street facility opened to serve as a union station for two major railroads, the Seaboard Air Line (SAL) Railroad, running north and south, and the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railroad, running east and west. The headhouse building and train shed were originally designed by Wilson, Harris, & Richards, famous railroad terminal specialists from Philadelphia, prior to the Spanish-American War, in 1898. Economic hardships following the war delayed construction and the facility was not opened until November 27, 1901. Architecturally, the station presents an excellent example of the Beaux Arts style adapted in what has been termed Second Renaissance Revival, dating from the 1880s and fostered by premier 19th century architect Richard Morris Hunt.


The 123-by-517 foot train shed on the north side of the station is also historically designated, and was one of the last gable-roofed train sheds ever built, as architects soon switched to longer arched balloon sheds. Built by Wilson Brothers of Philadelphia, the same firm responsible for the mammoth arched balloon sheds of Philadelphia and the Reading Railroad, the structure is one of the earliest examples of riveted steel trusses, which are now standard construction. The newer platform is above street level but rests on its original trestles. This makes it the largest intact train trestle system in the country.


In 1959, the SAL moved its passenger services to the Broad Street station (now the Science Museum of Virginia) while the C&O retained passenger service through the Main Street terminal as well as offices in its upper floors until Amtrak took over service in 1971. However, after Hurricane Agnes caused the rise of the James River which flooded the first floor of the station, Amtrak discontinued passenger service to Main Street station on October 15, 1975.


Each condo is professionally decorated with granite in the kitchens and bathrooms, decks that feature ski area, main street or mountain views, gas fireplaces and underground parking. While enjoying your stay at Main Street Station Condo in Breckenridge, Colorado take in all the amenities including an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool with panoramic views of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, 6 hot tubs, fitness center with eucalyptus steam room, private 25-seat movie theater (must be reserved), pioneer club to relax by the fire and enjoy a cocktail, 24-hour front desk and bell service and an onsite concierge. 041b061a72


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