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The Boulevard Historic District

West of the Boulevard has posted a neat look at the Boulevard Historic District:

Developed almost entirely between 1910 and 1935, the Boulevard is lined with distinguished town houses, apartment buildings, impressive churches, and three monumental public buildings of exceptional local architectural significance – Battle Abbey (Virginia Historical Society), the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

A fashionable address for early 20th-century middle and upper income residents, the dwellings along the Boulevard display a variety of popular architectural styles of the period including the Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, and Tudor Revival styles. The picturesque quality of the Boulevard’s cohesive and compact building fabric is further enhanced by the handsome trees and street lamps that line the street and the grassy median which divides the flow of traffic.

Serving as a gateway to Byrd Park to the south, the Boulevard is also a distinctive major north-south thoroughfare in a city that is primarily oriented east to west.

Previous neighborhood profiles in the series:

  1. The Union Hill Historic District
  2. The Oakwood-Chimborazo Historic District
  3. The Fairmount Historic District
  4. The Church Hill North Historic District
  5. The Highland Park Plaza Historic District
  6. A history of the Chestnut Hill/Plateau Historic District
  7. The Brookland Park Historic District
  8. The Town of Barton Heights
  9. The Fan Area Historic District
  10. The Fan Area Historic District Extension
  11. The Boulevard Historic District Extension
  12. Photographs of old Fulton
  13. Public housing in Richmond

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