Thankfully, the city is finally being recognized. Travel + Leisure Magazine listed Richmond, VA as #3 as one of the Best Places to Travel in 2016. Livability.Com ranked Richmond, VA #57 on their 2016 list of 100 Best Places to Live. American Express Traveler has ranked Richmond, VA #1 on their 2015 Best US Summer Travel Destination. National Geographic Magazine ranked Richmond, VA as one of their top six on Where to Travel for Food 2016. And, The Travel Channel added Richmond, VA as one of their top seven destination for Beer! The last two lists I find the most impressive as the city as a whole has brought a lot of new businesses that have been so successful in the food and beverage industries, and specifically Scott's Addition. If you are coming to Richmond, it is essential to check out Scott's Addition for not only its history but for the amount of economical boom that is happening in such a tiny neighborhood.
Scott's Addition is a great mix of older homes built around the turn of the 19th century, new loft-styled condos (from renovated warehouse spaces), breweries, restaurants, distilleries and businesses. It has flourished from its scarlet marked roots. It truly is a city within the city.
History & Beginnings:
|General Winfield Scott|
One of the most impressive points in Scott's Addition are its prominently Art Deco styled buildings and homes, designed by architect Henry T. Barnham. He designed the Jones Car Motor Company as well as the Cadillac & La Salle Showroom. Most of the buildings, although altered, have decorative brick pilaster and concrete capitals, and each capitals are decorated with fleur-de-lis and leaves on the pedestals. He also incorporated the use of rounded corners, by using limestone, as well as chevron patterns in the designs of his buildings. The only classic revival styled building in Scott's Addition is the Boulevard Baptist Church. Its complex roof is metal spiraled, and uses concrete blocks with decorative elements. It lacks a lot of decorative elements in comparison to the other Art Deco styled buildings in Scott's Addition, with the exception of its tile coping used to line the roof.
Today, Scott's Addition has become the new and upcoming neighborhood in Richmond, VA. It is a unique blend of commercial and industrial locations and is fast approaching the place to go and live in the city. With its growing population of residents, it has a new booming industry of breweries, restaurants, offices and gathering spots. Stop in for a beer as Isley Brewing Co, Ardent Brewery, or Buskey Cider. Pit-stop over to Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe or Peter Chang's for a bite to eat and then hit up King of Pop's for a sweet treat. If you are looking at moving to the area, The Preserve or Courtyard Lofts are idea locations to make roots in this mini-metropolis.
I highly encourage you to come visit Scott's Addition if you are ever in the Richmond area. With its blend of history and architectural gems, it has its place in the history books of Virginia. If you would like to know more, visit The Valentine Museum for a walking tour.