RVA Neighborhood Spotlight: Jackson Ward

Jackson Ward

A nationally recognized historic neighborhood rich with architecture, history, art and culture right in the heart of the city. Jackson Ward is located in downtown Richmond just south of Broad Street in the Arts District. Once known as the “Harlem of the South”, Jackson Ward is one of Richmond’s most important and significant cultural neighborhoods and it boasts architecturally some of the best cast iron work outside of New Orleans. 

With strong roots in African American history, this downtown neighborhood offered a place to settle for economic independence and freedom back in the 1800s. As the neighborhood started to develop, many unique and beautiful examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Second Empire architecture were built. The Broad Street corridor came to life and offered new opportunities to a thriving African-American community. Jackson Ward became the mecca of art, entertainment venues, churches, and civil rights activists. 

Fast forward to 2022 and Jackson Ward is once again a popular destination in Richmond. Homeowners, business owners, and investors are recognizing the character and potential of this dynamic and vibrant area. Many homes have been restored. Many more renovation and preservation efforts are underway.

Here are few places to visit next time you’re around:

  • Museums. Maggie L Walker. Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.
  • Explore Art. Take a tour at one of the many art galleries or take some time to roam the streets in the neighborhood which are home to more than 100 pieces of art.
  • Hippodrome Theater. 1914 historic entertainment landmark. Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Richmond’s own Bill “Bojangles” Robinson performed there regularly.
  • Eat. Tons of delicious cuisines to choose from leaving no one hungry. 
  • Go shopping! A vibrant assortment of retail stores. Something for everyone to explore.
  • Visit the Quirk or Jefferson Hotel. Unique design and architecture.
  • Dance with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Richmond’s first statue dedicated to a black man. He was a local entertainer in the 1930s.

With so many art galleries, museums, a variety of retail establishments, restaurants and historic sites to explore all within close proximity to the VCU campus, medical center, and Convention center, it’s no wonder that Jackson Ward is one of the most valuable and significant neighborhoods in Richmond. 

If you’re interested about any business investments or are looking for homes in or near Jackson Ward, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re happy to chat about your future endeavors in this developing part of the city.

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