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Can I buy a vowel?

The historic Hotel John Marshall in downtown Richmond closed its doors in 1988.

A landmark on the Richmond skyline since it opened in 1929, a generation of lawyers will remember their bar swearing-in there. It’s been closed for years, but lately it’s been getting a makeover on its way to being an apartment building.

Here’s some history in the making. This morning, the grand old hotel started getting new letters for its distinctive sign.

Photo by Alan Cooper, who has a much better view of the sign from his desk than I have (mine being no view at all…)

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