This is Part 2 of Blog Series: The Seven Hills of Richmond, VA. Find the Intro here. Union Hill
Union Hill, named for the joining of two hills, for which the unique neighborhood rests. It is between Church Hill and backs into a ravine, where currently Interstate 95 sits. As a result of the difficult terrain, city planners adjusted the "neighborhood grid" to accommodate the difficult and rugged terrain, thus instead creating narrow, curvy streets on hills. Union Hill was very separated from most of the other neighborhoods because of this, which created its own uniquely diverse independent community.
into the city. However, in 1882, the great divide at the southern edge of Union Hill was grated and filled to create Church Hill Avenue (renamed Jefferson Avenue in 1905). As the Sprague Electric Railway Motor Company created its trolley routes in Richmond, the first large-scale electric trolley line in the world, Richmonders were moving about the city. And, in 1888, it added Jefferson Avenue on its route, allowing Union Hill to become a more attractive neighborhood to potential inhabitants.
Neighborhoods in Bloom to provide funding for rehab and reconstruction of homes to neighborhoods, including Union Hill.
Union Hill may be a small, irregular neighborhood of Richmond, but she is no less important. It is comprised of a mix of homes, churches and commercial buildings which balance the narrow, yet picturesque streets along the hilly terrain. It is a neighborhood that displays not only vernacular architecture but also a special sort of land plan not regularly found in Richmond. It is these qualities that locals understand and appreciate about Union hill which will allow for its preservation of this environment as it will the morals and character of future generations.