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The Fan District

The Fan is one of the oldest historic neighborhoods in the city of Richmond with shops, restaurants and galleries scattered throughout the 85-block area. From historic rowhouses and renovated condominiums to the mansions on historic Monument Avenue, the Fan offers a residential solution for everyone.

The Fan District is the largest intact Victorian community in the United States and its name is derived from the street pattern created by the pentagonal shape of Monroe Park, the base of the district. The streets that fan westward from the park contain residential structures built before and after the 1880s and the 1920s.

The Fan District actually encompasses other historic districts, including West Franklin Street, Monument Avenue, Grace Street, and Boulevard Districts. A variety of architectural styles contribute to the identity of the District including the Italianate, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival building styles as well as examples of Tudor, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, Spanish, Gothic, Bungalow, and the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Area Schools

William B. Fox Elementary

Binford Middle School

Thomas Jefferson High School