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I may be an old girl, but I thought I still had some grasp on reality. That is, until I was tasked by my daughter to take in and photograph the hoppin’ area in Richmond known as Scott’s Addition. Upon visiting Scott’s Addition, I quickly discovered that I’m not old, I’m ancient!
Back in my day, the only thing Scott’s Addition had to offer was the Dairy Bar Restaurant (that still thrives there today) and an empty warehouse my friend’s dad owned, where my school chums and I would party because there was no one around for miles to stop us. Now, I realize, we were just ahead of our time! Nowadays, Scott’s Addition is one block party after another, and a whole lot more! Currently dwelling in a lovely park setting, I thought I lived in the best area Richmond had to offer. But Scott’s Addition has me reconsidering that and singing “Hot Child in the City.” Scott’s Addition is the perfect setting for the eclectic, open-minded, forward-thinking, and culturally collective and co-existing kid that I am! Well, five out of six ain’t bad!
The 152 acres now known as Scott’s Addition was originally part of the Mayo family Plantation. Major General Winfield Scott, a hero of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, received the property as a dowry when he married Elizabeth Mayo.
A neighborhood on the U.S. National Historic District Registry, it is located near Broad Street and Arthur Ashe Boulevard in a central area of Richmond. Developed after 1900, the architecture includes Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Exotic Revival and Art Deco. Formerly industrial, it now hosts and boasts an absolute array of opportunity for the city dweller. Old brick industrial/warehouse structures with high ceilings and remarkable architecture have been converted into loft apartments/condominiums, houses, breweries, cideries and distilleries.
Today, Scott’s Addition is home to a diverse mix of businesses, including film studios, live performance theatre, graphics and marketing companies, advertising and architectural firms, hair salons, interior designers, auto shops and even a shared work space
environment. Preserving the structural past but looking toward the future, Scott’s Addition is where it’s at for many a trendy hipster, and is attractive to cool businesses and residents alike.
I hope this will help encourage a reader or two that hasn’t experienced Scott’s Addition, to make the drive; especially if, like me, your favorite pastime is walking to neighborhood eateries and communing in your neighborhood.