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Erected in 1849, the Steamer Company No. 5 building was home to one of Virginia's oldest police stations, jailhouses and firehouses. Left in a dilapidated state for over three decades, this Richmond landmark was transformed into a performing space and gallery, to protect it from the clutches of demolition. Nestled in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, Gallery5 provides a platform to exhibit contemporary art. Dance shows, concerts, comedy acts and art exhibitions are hosted here regularly. The structure adds a historic charm to modern expression. An acclaimed arts space, Gallery5 is a must-visit when in Richmond.
Minarets and mosaics adorn this enchanting building. It seems to have leapt out of the Arabian Nights onto Richmond's Laurel Street. Marbled halls, columns and more elaborate mosaic work fill the interior and you almost suspect a genie might be waiting around the next corner. This theater, formerly called The Mosque because of its Middle Eastern look, was built in 1926 by the Shriners as their Acca Temple Shrine. The city purchased it in 1940 and restored it in 1994-95. Guided group tours are available by appointment.
Firehouse Theatre is an artistic home, a thriving hub of creative activity, and a center for community engagement where new performance work is developed and produced. Founded in 1993 in Fire Department’s Station House #10, Firehouse has premiered new plays, created and encouraged new work, hosted emerging and established artists from many disciplines, and has earned a reputation as the place where new lives.
This quaint amphitheater located at Byrd Park is home to a plethora of events and cultural festivities. Dogwood Dell can accommodate a crowd of 2,400 and makes for an ideal space to lounge around and witness events at. Climb the 240-foot Georgian bell tower for a great view of Byrd Park, a spot filled with people lounging on the grass and playing Frisbee with or without their pets. On summer evenings, a free performing arts festival here draws hundreds of picnicking spectators. Call for more details on upcoming events at this venue.
Considered by many to be the birthplace of NASCAR since Lee Petty won the first NASCAR race ever in 1953, the Richmond International Raceway is today one of the most modern speedways you will find on the NASCAR tour. It boasts a 0.75 mile (1.207 km) oval track with 14 banks/turns and equipment that makes night-time racing possible. Richmond International Raceway also hosts two Winston Cup events annually: the Pontiac Excitement 400 and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400.
The Modlin Center for the Arts, located in the University of Richmond, houses several venues and theaters, such as the Camp Concert Hall and the intimate Alice Jepson Theatre. Truly the activity hub of the college and perpetually buzzing with activity, the Center also offers galleries, classrooms, and studios. This Collegiate Gothic style structure is a beauty in itself, so it is definitely worth a visit and ogle.