A Better Greek Life
Greek Revival architecture exploded in Richmond in the 1840s. Obviously, many important structures in the city have been influenced by this product of Hellenism. The State Capitol, Monumental Church, many of the beautiful homes lining Monument Avenue–all prime examples of Greek Revival. However, elements of this style can be found in some of Richmond’s more run-down neighborhoods, such as historic Jackson Ward.
At the end of the Civil War, Jackson Ward became a booming business and residential community for African-Americans. Unfortunately, when the neighborhood was split in two by the highway, its cultural and financial value declined. Throughout the years, though, the city of Richmond has made strides to revitalize Jackson Ward. Currently, many Virginia Commonwealth University students reside there, adding a contemporary charm to an antiquated area. Regardless of its current status, Jackson Ward provides subtle and tasteful additions to Richmond’s collection of Greek Revival architecture.