Now, normally a parking garage is a hideous structure. But lucky for us, we already had a hideous structure (the Executive Plaza) perfect for a parking garage to hide behind. And I think the garage is actually a pretty attractive building, scale notwithstanding. I might go so far as to say it’s the best looking parking garage I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure how much business it’s getting—it always seems to be underutilized whenever we use it—but hopefully the downtown merchants are happy about it (although I don’t really know until I read about it on the whiteboard in the window of Riverby Books). There is at least the perception of plentiful parking, and perception is everything.
I just happened to catch the trolley passing in front of the garage:
If you climb to the top level of the parking garage and step outside, it's like our own little Fredericksburg observation tower, 3-1/2 stories above the ground. Here's the view:
Here's the restroom, next to the visitor center. It's open daily until 7 pm. And yes, it's important enough to blog about. You'd be surprised how often I use it.