Museum District, Richmond, Virginia
West of Boulevard Historic District
|Location||Roughly bounded by Colonial Ave., W. Grace St., Cutshaw Ave., Thompson St., and Ellwood Ave., Richmond, Virginia|
|Area||249 acres (101 ha)|
|NRHP reference #||94000153 |
|Added to NRHP||March 07, 1994|
|Designated VLR||December 8, 1993|
The Museum District, alternately known as West of the Boulevard, or the Upper Fan, is a neighborhood in the city of Richmond, Virginia. It is anchored by the contiguous six-block tract of museums along the west side of Boulevard, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, hence the name.
It is roughly bounded by the Boulevard on the east, I-195 on the west, Monument Avenue and Broad Street on the north, and Carytown on the south. Much of that is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.
Parts of the area had been in active use as farmland into the late 19th century, and though part was notably used as a Civil War veteran's home at that time, it was primarily developed between 1895 and 1940. It is largely populated with townhouses in styles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though much of the district is residential, there are several schools, religious facilities, and other institutional uses throughout.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- This is the name used in the current Master Plan for the city ("Near West Planning District" (PDF). City Master Plan. City of Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review. Retrieved 24 May 2011.) The National Register uses "West of Boulevard" (sans definite article), while the area neighborhood association uses the "Museum District" as its primary name, though referring to "West of the Boulevard" as well ("Main Website". Museum District Association. Retrieved 24 May 2011.)
- "West of Boulevard National Register Nomination" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 24 May 2011.