richmond’s fan district

Thursday, August 9The Fan is a district of Richmond, Virginia, so named because of the “fan” shape of the array of streets that extend west from Belvidere Street, on the eastern edge of Monroe Park, westward to the Boulevard. (Streets resemble a grid after moving through what is now Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU).

houses in the Fan

tree-lined Hanover Street
Victorian style turrets

This lovely residential neighborhood consists of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century homes. It has beautiful tree-lined avenues, historical monuments and row houses built in Victorian, Edwardian and Revival architectural styles. Many houses are also built in the American Craftsman style.  Many of the houses are painted in cheery colors with surprisingly delightful doors.

a cheery periwinkle house
i love the bright blue house with the yellow door!
rows of rounded turrets

The housing area was mostly developed from after the Civil War through about 1920. During the Great Depression, many of the single-family homes in the area were converted to apartments.  Today many of those apartments are home to students attending VCU. The Fan borders and blends with the Boulevard, the Museum District, and the Carytown district.

vintage store in carytown
entrance to the vintage store that’s all musty inside!
window shopping in carytown
cute little storefront
apple green Adirondack chairs
and a little outdoor cafe

This morning I take a walk around my daughter’s neighborhood on Hanover Street, not far from VCU, and then drive to Carytown, a commercial district filled with eclectic restaurants, Persian carpet and furniture dealers, and funky second-hand shops, where I walk along the street taking pictures and dipping into shops for a breath of cool air.

Finally, I make a stop at Sarah’s place of employment, Joe’s Inn (Joe’s Inn), on Shields Avenue, in the heart of The Fan.  Sadly the history page of the Joe’s website hasn’t been completed yet; needless to say, this is a long-time establishment on the Richmond food scene.  The storefront says it was established in 1952, so it’s older than I am! 🙂

Joe’s Inn storefront ~ the bar side
Joe’s Inn ~ the restaurant side

Factual information about The Fan is from Wikipedia: Wikipedia: The Fan District.


14 thoughts on “richmond’s fan district

  1. Ahhhh, the old historic homes on the tree-lined streets. I love the doors, but my favorite picture of all of these is the window shopping. The doll inside, the reflected street outside. . . .

  2. What a charming place. I too love the yellow door and the potted flowers to match. The area reminds me of Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC close to the Battery. A southern thing.

    1. Thanks Lynne. I think these are probably quite similar to some Charleston neighborhoods. I love these old-fashioned, charming neighborhoods; usually they are a Southern thing, although I think they have neighborhoods like this in San Francisco, Brooklyn, all through the USA. 🙂

  3. Beautiful images! Was thinking there are so many there for a “Colour my World” challeneg! (Am having trouble choosing for that one 🙂 ) Thank you for the tour of Richmond.

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