Saturday, February 18, 2006

Welcome to the Richmond Daily Photo Blog!

Welcome to the Richmond, VA daily photo blog!

This is a typical apartment building located on the southern end of Boulevard in Richmond's Fan District. The Fan District composes more than 100 city blocks and is the largest surviving Victorian neighborhood in the United States. It was originally known as the "West End", but Richmond spread further to the west and developers continued to search for a more distinct and coherent name. Finally, Neville Johnson in the 1950s published a brochure entitled "The Fan--Town Houses for Gracious Living." (The name comes from the pentagon shape of Monroe Park and the streets that "fan" out from there.) Today, the joke exists that it is also the "Fan" district because many of the homes have not been updated with air conditioning.

Posted by mea at 3:44 PM


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