Located in the heart of downtown Richmond in historic Shockhoe Bottom, the Main Street Train Station Multimodal Transportation Center project is a part of a phased project to bolster the economic vitality of the city’s downtown. Originally opened in 1901, Main Street Station is one of Richmond’s most recognizable and visible historic landmarks. The station became a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
In 2004, Silman prepared a Historic Structures Report for the Main Street Train Shed and the Seaboard Airline Railroad Freight Depot. Silman was then commissioned to study the ramifications and possibility of reusing the existing track structures in the Train Shed building. These reports were prepared as a the first planning component of the Phase 3 development of the Main Street Station, which included the preservation and development of the Main Street Train Shed, Seaboard building, and the Main Street Station grounds. Silman assisted with the restoration efforts involved in this project. The second level of the Train Shed is now a glass-enclosed event venue.