You could make the case that ground zero for Richmond’s recent renaissance isn’t downtown, but instead is a small industrial tract near the city’s western limits called Scott’s Addition.
What grew up as a major light industrial hub in the 1930s has become an example of how adaptive reuse and historic tax credits can transform cities. Ultimately, it’s a showcase of the potential in old buildings.
The neighborhood’s low-set, spacious structures—remarkable for their architectural diversity—have been turned into apartments, art spaces, breweries, and more, adding density and development to the northwest part of the city.
The National Register-listed historic district still has its share of industrial tenants, but it’s become a major dining and drinking destination for the region. Here’s a sampling of what you can enjoy in Scott’s Addition.
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