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Big Ugly to be visible from one less place in Fredericksburg

Back when Fredericksburg was debating the design of the Courtyard by Marriott that’s going up at Caroline and Charlotte streets, there was much talk about how the building would fit in with the Historic District, what materials would be used, what the patterns in the bricks would be, etc.

But today, walking by the construction site, I noticed an aesthetic contribution the hotel will make to the Historic District that didn’t come up at any of those meetings.

Look at the outline of the steel frame that has gone up. The hotel will block visibility of the Executive Plaza (Fredericksburg’s most-hated-on piece of architecture, and the home of the famous exploding urinal) to folks standing at Princess Anne and Charlotte streets.