Boulevard (Richmond, Virginia)

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Boulevard Historic District
Boulevard (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Boulevard (Richmond, Virginia)
Boulevard (Richmond, Virginia) is located in the United States
Boulevard (Richmond, Virginia)
Location10--300 S. Boulevard and 10--800 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates37°33′23″N 77°28′29″W / 37.55639°N 77.47472°W / 37.55639; -77.47472
Area61 acres (25 ha)
ArchitectDavis Bros.; Et al.
Architectural styleLate 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian
NRHP reference #86002887 [1]
VLR #127-0398
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 18, 1986
Designated VLRFebruary 18, 1986[2]

Boulevard (usually referred to as "the Boulevard") 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 were made to rename the street after Arthur Ashe, a tennis star and social activist who was born and grew up in Richmond, but previous attempts failed until February 2019 when Richmond City Council voted in favor of changing the name to Arthur Ashe Boulevard.[3][4] Near the south end is Richmond's Boulevard Bridge (commonly called the "Nickel Bridge", in reference to its historical initial toll) across the James River. Boulevard intersects with main arteries Cary Street, Main Street, Monument Avenue, Broad Street (where the Historic District ends), Leigh Street, and Interstate 64/95, and terminates at Hermitage Road. The Diamond is located on Boulevard. The intersection of Boulevard and Monument Avenue features a statue of Stonewall Jackson.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Lazarus, Jeremy (9 August 2018). "Plan launched to rename the Boulevard for tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr". richmondfreepress.com. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ Robinson, Mark (11 February 2019). "Richmond City Council renames Boulevard for Arthur Ashe". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 12 February 2019.