Grove Avenue // City of Richmond
Grove Avenue begins in the Upper Fan and ends in the West End at Three Chopt Road. Along that interesting stretch, Grove Avenue morphs in style, architecture and neighborhood culture from as it passes from the Fan into the Museum District on to Richmond's West End.
The earliest development of Grove Avenue is found in the Fan where the architecture is pronouncedly Victorian. There is a clear re-definition of Grove Avenue, as with all of the Fan streets, once it crosses the Boulevard going West. Lot sizes are larger, the townhouse style gives way to Four Squares, Colonials, and Arts and Crafts. The 2900 Block of Grove is unique, however. The four houses on that block are designated on both the national and state registries of historic places. That block features elaborate Queen Anne designs in stone and it sits across from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, hence its designation in the "Museum District."
Grove Avenue in the Museum District is favored for its walking distance to Carytown, 13 blocks that comprise Richmond's first shopping center. Carytown today is lined with (mostly) locally owned shops and boutiques, restaurants, and a movie theatre. Carytown is notable for its eclectic mix of both upscale and second-hand stores, attracting a diverse cross section of shoppers and it is a hot destination for the entire metropolitan area.
Grove Avenue is unique in that as it grew westward, it developed schools, churches and commercial zones all incorporated in a way consistent with the neighborhood. This differs dramatically from the way parallel Monument Avenue grew. Along the path west, Grove Avenue architecture has a 1930s-1960s influence ranging from Cape Cods to grand Dutch and Colonial Revivals in streets that sprout out in the Glen Burnie area.
The Libbie & Grove cross section is popular for its elegant shops, a vintage movie theatre, top-rated restaurants and wine bars. Some of Richmond's prestigious private & parochial schools are accessed through the Grove Avenue gateway.