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This morning, I went on a hardhat tour of under-renovation Center in the Square, lead by Historical Society of Western Virginia Executive Director Jeanne Bollendorf and Development Director Sy Hughes. Things are moving fast, and with good reason: Hughes told me that the project has to be finished by the end of the year to qualify for crucial tax credits that fund large portions of the construction. Here’s a few new views from inside and outside Center, taken with my trusty iPhone:
A window in the new conference room bridging Center's buildings on Campbell Avenue and Church Avenue sports the Center in the Square logo.
On the fourth floor, in the space designated for the Science Museum of Western Virginia, peering through a hole made between floors (meant to hold a new staircase to the fifth floor) at the hole in the roof made for the forthcoming butterfly garden.
The future butterfly garden seen from the rooftop, its glass now in place. Hotel Roanoke is in the background.
Anothr view of the butterfly garden roof.
The frame for the glass above the atrium skylight and the Dorothy Gillespie sculptures.
At left, in the background where the workers are, the space for a new rooftop restaurant complex, under constructions. At right, foreground, the ribbed structure that will support a hanging garden. (On the far left, you can see the back of one of our downtown landmarks, the Dr. Pepper sign.
Perhaps the best view of the Taubman Museum of Art anywhere.