The Historical Fan District of Virginia

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This article is sponsored by the abuse lawyers of The Fan. Learn about the many features of this historic district and find out why it's called The Fan.

History of The Fan

The Fan is a historic district of Richmond, Virginia. Mainly a residential neighborhood with late-1800s and early-1900s homes, it was named as such because of the "fan" shape its streets created. The area that is now The Fan was plotted as the village of Sydney in 1817 on land that was previously owned by William Byrd II. However, the area didn't develop much until after the American Civil War. The rural tobacco fields of the 1880s were soon developed into real estate as more people wanted to move into the fashionable "West End" area. By the 1920s, The Fan was fully developed and consisted of a number of single-family homes. A few decades later, a Richmond Times Dispatch editorial coined the area The Fan. On August 13, 1985, it was designated on the Virginia Landmarks Register (NRHP). On September 12, 1985, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)

Today, it is bordered by Broad Street to the north and Virginia Route 195 to the south. The district is ranked number 18 out of all the neighborhoods of Richmond and number 42 out of the neighborhoods in Virginia. It has an exceptional livability score of 82. The Fan District has a population of 13,216 people and a population density of 12,595 people per square mile. The primary architectural styles that are represented by the properties in The Fan are Italiante, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Edwardian, and Tudor Revival.

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University was established on October 20, 1838, in Richmond. Originally the medical department for Hampden-Sydney College, the public research university because the Medical College of Virginia in 1854. About a decade later, it was merged with the Richmond Professional Institue to form Virginia Commonwealth Unversity. The university offers 18 academic schools, which include:

  • College of Humanities & Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • Robertson School of Media and Culture
  • School of World Studies
  • School of the Arts (VCUarts Qatar)
  • L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Allied Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Education
  • University College
  • VCU Life Sciences
  • VCU Honors College
  • VCU Graduate School

The School of the Arts, also known as VCUarts Qatar, is located on its international campus in the State of Qatar. The school is also in partnership with fifteen international universities.

The 90.6-acre Monroe Park Campus that once housed the Richmond Professional Institute can be found on the east side of The Fan District, adjacent to Monroe Park – the oldest park in Richmond. It features most of the university's general education facilities.

Monument Avenue

Monument Avenue is a historic district in The Fan District. The tree-lined grassy mall is home to a number of architecturally significant homes, apartment buildings and churches. Prior to July 2020, it also featured four bronze statues of Matthey Fontaine Maury, Stonewall Jackson, J. E. B. Stuart, and Jefferson Davis on their memorial pedestals. After the killing of George Floyd in 2020, these statues were torn down or removed by city officials. Today, the Arthur Ashe Monument honoring the African American tennis champion and the Robert E. Lee monument remains. In 1969 and 1989, Monument Avenue was designated as a VLR. In 1970, it was added to the NRHP. On December 9, 1997, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark District (NHLD).

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