Boulevard (Richmond, Virginia)
Boulevard Historic District
|Location||10--300 S. Boulevard and 10--800 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia|
|Area||61 acres (25 ha)|
|Architect||Davis Bros.; Et al.|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian|
|NRHP Reference #|||
|Added to NRHP||September 18, 1986|
|Designated VLR||February 18, 1986|
Boulevard (usually referred to as "the Boulevard" although the street name does not include a definite article) is a historic street in the near West End of Richmond, Virginia, providing access to Byrd Park. It serves as the border between the Carytown/Museum District to the west and the Fan district to the east. Attempts have been made to rename the street after Arthur Ashe, a tennis star and social activist who was born and grew up in Richmond, but no renaming attempts have succeeded thus far. Near the south end is Richmond's Boulevard Bridge (commonly called the "Nickel Bridge," in reference to its toll, which has increased to 35 cents) across the James River. The Boulevard intersects with main arteries Cary Street, Main Street, Monument Avenue, Broad Street, Leigh Street, Interstate 64/95, and Hermitage Road. The Diamond is located on the Boulevard. The intersection of the Boulevard and Monument Avenue features a statue of Stonewall Jackson.
The Boulevard is designated as State Route 161, a route promoted in the 1940s and 1950s as an alternate bypass route before the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike and Interstate 95 were built, connecting with U.S. Route 1 north and south of downtown Richmond.
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