And So It Begins: The First Post and Preliminary Research

Today I found myself at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library. Even now, I sit at a worktable among the books, staring past the potted plants on the sill of the massive library windows and out into the city. It is a good library for my research; the unique Richmond History Collection is worth the 10 minute bike ride through the trademark, swampy Virginian summer day.

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A Visual History of The Fan District

My summer research will be centered around the evolution and history of architecture Fan District of Richmond, Virginia. The Fan is a neighborhood in Richmond that has been growing and changing for more than a century. So named for the way its streets branch away from each other like a fan, the district is marked by nearly every major style of architecture popularized in America in the 19th and 20th centuries. I will be researching the history of this area -its origins, major events, changing atmosphere -as well as the distinguishing characteristics of the major architectural styles present in the Fan. I aim to discover how the changing times affected the style and aesthetic of the houses built in different eras of the neighborhood’s history by producing original drawings of various houses.

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