West of the Boulevard is a large, early twentieth-century residential neighborhood defined here as the blocks between Boulevard and Thompson and between Monument Avenue and Cary Street. Remarkably cohesive and well preserved, the West of the Boulevard area grew during a boom period in Richmond between about 1895 and 1940. Growth was boosted by the streetcars that served the area's main east-west arteries. Both detached residences and row houses line the shaded streets of the district, interspersed with many two- and three-story apartment buildings, several schools, and some churches. Development began at the eastern end of the neighborhood, continuing the grid pattern and density of the Fan.
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