Our View: Cork to Piccadilly

Posted: January 19, 2013

From the looks of things, work on the Old Town Mall utilities/revitalization project is moving along swimmingly toward an anticipated mid-spring finish. We at The Star are also toiling assiduously, not only on weekly coverage of the effort, but on a news/editorial package to be published once the above-ground work is done and the new “plantings” are in the ground.

To be sure, we’ll chronicle this endeavor — and the mall’s history as well — in print, but an integral part of our presentation will be visual, i.e., telling the story through the use of photos. Toward that end, we are soliciting from our readers any and all photos, or historical sketches, of that special stretch of Loudoun Street cityscape between Cork and Piccadilly streets.

It is our intent to provide a glimpse (or two) of the “mall area” down through the centuries. So if you have a shot of downtown Winchester from the ’50s you’d wish to share, or a sketch of how it appeared in Washington’s day, we’d be happy to accept your offering and run it as part of this package. Written descriptions of downtown, from diaries or magazine/newspaper articles would be appreciated as well.

So search your attics and your basements, Star readers, for those pictures and clippings — and help us to celebrate this latest benchmark event in downtown history.