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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAMAICA: THE GEM OF THE TROPICS

Murphy's Hotel: 1905

Murphy's Hotel: 1905

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1905. "Broad Street -- Murphy's Hotel." Last seen here. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Island in the Stream

The Gothic granite structure is Old City Hall, which has not changed, unlike nearly everything else around it in this view.

Murphy's Hotel

Apparently the Murphy Hotel buildings seen here were connected by a skywalk. Those buildings were torn down in 1912 and replaced with a new Murphy's Hotel, which was demolished in 2007.

Col. John Murphy

Started as an oyster shack

Here's a page that discusses the history of the hotel. It was opened by an Irish immigrant and CSA vet who added rooms above his oyster shack in the 1870s.

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Below is the same view from April of 2011.

 
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