About The Mark on Broad Historical Richmond, VA Apartments
The Mark on Broad is a renovated, mixed-used historical building at 300 Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia. The building has a storied and interesting history, and is situated in the Arts District in Downtown Richmond. The Arts District is a walkable neighborhood that features some of RVA’s best restaurants, performing arts venues, and galleries. The District hosts a monthly art walk, which continues year-round on the First Friday of every month. Please check out all that this exciting neighborhood has to offer!.
A Historic Location
In the early 1900’s, local Richmond businessman David Marks owned two buildings at the corner of 3rd and Broad; 300 and 302 East Broad Street. Out of the corner building he ran a successful saloon. Prohibition was looming, and he knew his business needed to change. David took advantage of the changing market and demolished the two buildings, consolidated the lots, and drew up plans to build a much bigger and grander building.
The “Mark’s Bldg”, as he inscribed above the door, was constructed as a three story building over a large basement, uniquely equipped with its own exterior stairway to the sidewalk. Speculation is that the basement access was meant to facilitate a speakeasy he ran during prohibition years.
In 1921, Norfolk based shoe store Hofheimer’s moved into the first floor retail space, where it did business for almost half a century. After Hofheimer’s closed in 1969, 300 East Broad Street found itself host to a number of short lived ventures. By the 1990’s, the building was dormant, along with most of Richmond’s downtown Broad Street.
Now, along with a large section of Broad Street, the building has found new life. The Basement serves as a small performance art center. The top floor is the owner’s residence. The main floor is open for retail opportunities and the second floor now serves as unique living space. David Marks, the original developer, lives on in the complex’s name – The Mark on Broad.
TheatreLAB has taken up residence beneath grade in The Basement, an intimate performing arts venue. Their inaugural performance, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was the jolt of electricity needed to bring life back to a forgotten speakeasy. TheatreLAB is Richmond’s home for unexpected and evocative performance.
CODEVA, a Richmond based non profit that promotes Computer Science education across Virginia, has housed its Eureka Workshop on the ground floor of 300 E Broad St. Among other things, they run camps throughout the summer and after-school programs during the school year teaching children of all ages how to code.
The Bijou Film Center is a 100-seat independent art house cinema, café and nonprofit film center that serves as a community hub for information on film exhibition, production and preservation. The Bijou brings the best new and classic art house films to Richmond that otherwise would not be shown locally, filling a gap in the Richmond film scene.
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