The Historic Fan District is a district of Richmond, Virginia, known for its streets which “fan” out as they extend west from Belvidere Street on the eastern edge of Monroe Park and then westward to the Boulevard. The Fan District is an 85-block residential neighborhood just west of downtown Richmond. The Fan District development occurred along the tracks of an historic 19th century trolley line and is well-known for its Victorian-era style homes.
Fan District is in the 23220 zip code and has a population of approximately 35,500. Fan District encompasses the area that houses the Virginia Commonwealth University with an enrollment of more than 31,000 students.
Students living in Fan District receive their education through the City of Richmond and are served by the City of Richmond Public School System. Children residing in the Fan District attend Fox Elementary, Albert Hill Middle or Binford Middle Schools, or Thomas Jefferson High School. Richmond offers alternative options for students who are considered Gifted and Talented with Maggie Walker and Appomattox Regional Governors Schools, which are nationally ranked for their Gifted and Talented programs.
Fan District receives approximately 44 inches of rain each year, with an average snowfall of 9 inches annually. Fan District boasts an average of 2,663 hours of sunshine per year compared the typical U.S. city, which averages 1,783 hours of sunshine. The average high temperature is about 70˚ F and the average low temperature is about 48˚ F.
Fan District offers plenty for residents and visitors alike, being in the heart of Richmond. With its rich history and diversity of amenities, guests to the Fan District can enjoy visiting landmarks, museums, outdoor parks and recreation, as well as a robust nightlife.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts serves as an attestation to the rich history of Richmond, and is located within the Fan District. Opening during the depression, in 1936, it marked a new era in private and state-funded ventures, which demonstrated Virginians belief in the value of art. Designed to the state’s flagship art museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ended a four-year expansion project that brought the museum up to more than 700,000 square feet of space. The museum is known for its expansive art collection and makes the perfect setting for an educational and riveting experience. The museum is open 365 days per year and visitors to VMFA can enjoy the museum free of charge.
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