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American Civil War Museum sells building to VCU Health System


Friday, June 30, 2017

CONTACTS: Penelope Carrington
American Civil War Museum
Phone: (804) 649-1861 ext. 142
Email: pcarrington@acwm.org

Pamela DiSalvo Lepley
VCU University Relations
Phone: (804) 828-6057
Email: pdlepley@vcu.edu

In preparation for consolidating its entire collection to its Historic Tredegar location, the American Civil War Museum has sold its museum building and part of its land at 1201 E. Clay St. to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. The operations of the White House of the Confederacy will continue and are not affected by the sale of the museum property.

The purchase, finalized today, also includes terms for the VCU Health System to lease the building to the museum for two years while the new building at the museum’s Tredegar location is completed to host the entire collection and new galleries.

Purchase price of the 31,000 square-foot building on about .6 acres is $6.25 million.

The property is adjacent to the VCU Medical Center’s Emergency Department. The building is being considered by the health system for use as an educational and training space for employees, physicians and students, as well as temporary administrative space for its employees.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that is mutually beneficial to the American Civil War Museum and the VCU Health System,” said Deborah Davis, CEO of VCU Health System Hospitals and Clinics and vice president for clinical affairs at VCU.

“The American Civil War Museum is delighted to announce this important step and looks forward to consolidating its entire collection in a new state-of-the-art facility at Historic Tredegar,” said Christy Coleman, CEO, American Civil War Museum.

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Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.