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Vann Tower

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Identification

Vann Tower
Virginia Union University Belgian Tower, Robert L. Vann Tower
140423

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Structure in General

clock/bell tower
existing [completed]
art deco

Facts

  • The tower is currently undergoing a two million dollar renovation that convert the structure into a performing arts center for the university.
  • Originally the tower was supposed to be shipped back to Belgium to be used as a library for one of their universities, shipping it back to Europe during World War Two proved to be too much of a risk.
  • Belgium decided to gift the tower to Virginia Union University, one of the nation's foremost African American colleges, to commemorate the country's ties to the colonial Congo.
  • Originally constructed for the 1939 New York World's Fair, the tower served as the Belgian exhibition showplace for technology and innovation.

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Location

North Lombardy Street & Brook Road
23220
Northside
Richmond
Virginia
U.S.A.

Technical Data

100.00 ft
100.00 ft
1
1939
1941

Involved Companies

Henri Van de Velde
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