Building on history.Our mission is to shape the future of Richmond by preserving our distinctive historic character, sparking revitalization and championing our past and future architectural legacy.Our city is evolving every day. The skyline and the landscape are changing. That’s exactly how we like it.We are dedicated to keeping the Richmond of tomorrow unique and distinct from every other city on Earth. We are committed to preserving the character of the city, energizing its neighborhoods and conspiring to keep Richmond interesting and authentic.
1920’s - When historic neighborhoods such as Church Hill and other early buildings were in jeopardy of demolition, a group of Richmond activists led by Mary Wingfield Scott intervened to preserve them as the wonderful neighborhoods and places they are today.
The year 2015 showcased Richmond to the country and world through grand scale events like the UCI Road World Championship Bike Race, Dominion Riverrock, and the Richmond Jazz Festival, and through smaller crowd-pleasers like the National Beer Expo and the Richmond Bacon Festival. What do these events have in common? The stage. Richmond’s historic neighborhoods hosted countless festivals and fairs. Landmark treasures like Maymont and Tredegar Iron Works headlined big stage shows. Our unmatched city center, urban riverfront, river and islands, and our cobblestoned streets were up for, well, anything you can imagine that is fun, challenging or beautiful. There is something about Richmond’s authentic places that draws a crowd - whether it is to house a tech company, squeeze in a pop-up shop, or throw a big bash.
Historic Richmond’s 2015 was spent planning for the future of Richmond’s great stage beyond its annual festivals and shows. Our board came together and mapped out a new strategic plan. Our plan focuses on neighborhood revitalization by lifting up the most derelict historic buildings and blighted spots in which others don’t see potential, and helping our best landmark buildings, which are often so costly to maintain that their owners need stewardship to find the best and most lasting methods of preservation. Finally it, involves educating and including in our programs the long-time Richmonders who remember our work from over 50 years ago, as well as the newcomers who don’t know that the historic Richmond places they enjoy so much could have looked very different.
In 2016, we flew into action on our plan for places like the Mason’s Hall and Capitol Square. We walked the streets of Barton Heights and Brooklyn Park Boulevard and Highland Park, planning our support for these historic neighborhoods. We celebrated the rebirth of Scott’s Addition and The Boulevard with a street art photography challenge to capture this unique neighborhood today, before the development changes that are headed their way. We engaged with architects to envision the type of infill in historic neighborhoods that both excites people and respects the history of place.
In 2017 many, if not most, of the houses, churches and commercial buildings in Richmond will be considered historic: those 50 years or older. We hope you will continue to support our work to ensure that each is a star. We intend to be there for their debuts and encores on this stage.
Cyane Crump graduated from the University of Virginia in 1991 with a degree in history and received a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994. For 19 years, she practiced law with Hunton & Williams LLP, where she was a partner in the Business Practice Group specializing in private equity, fund formation, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions and securities law matters. Prior to joining Historic Richmond Foundation as its Interim Executive Director in February 2015, Ms. Crump had served as a member of its Board of Trustees.
Membership in the Quoit Club gets you an all-access pass to the past, with members-only tours inside some of the most interesting buildings and locations in the city. You’ll mix and mingle with great people, enjoy fantastic food and drink and absorb fascinating expert commentary on Richmond history, architecture and culture. Part Happy Hour and part field trip, there’s nothing quite like a Quoit Club event.
Traditionally, quoits was a game played during the 1820s and 1840s with steel rings and metal spikes–think 19th century horseshoes. Through social gatherings, the Quoit Club supports Historic Richmond’s mission by engaging its members in caring about and for our distinctive built environment: past, present and future.
The season runs from March until October of each year and events typically run from 6 PM until 8 PM. Events are generally scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. Members must be at least 21 years of age.
Founded in 1959, the mission of the Council of Historic Richmond is to support Historic Richmond through a variety of projects and programs.
The Council prepares its members to be ambassadors for Historic Richmond through self-enrichment gained from programs, tours, research projects and attendance at educational events sponsored by the Council and Historic Richmond. The Council supports a yearly bus trip for membership to gain exposure to various historic properties.
Every year, the Council hosts Historic Garden Day for the Garden Club of Virginia’s Richmond territory. The Council also works with historic neighborhoods to create a walking tour of notable historic homes, where Council members serve as tour guides and hostesses.
This 20-year legacy of publishing books to educate the public helping Richmonders know their city better and promotes Richmond's rich historical legacy to visitors and residents alike. Through these publications, a permanent record of historically significant architecture in Richmond has been created that can be used for generations to come.
Preservation encompasses preventing historic structures from falling victim to decay or demolition; raising awareness about local architectural history; supporting the character and continuity of Richmond’s National and Local Historic Districts.
Historic Richmond currently owns several historic structures and properties, including:
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Historic Richmond completed a year of transition and rebuilding in strong financial condition with net assets of $10,975,000 at December 31, 2015. Of this total, approximately $8.4 million (76%) was comprised of cash and marketable securities in Historic Richmond’s operating account and investment portfolio. While the financial markets did not produce the attractive returns of 2013 and 2014 in 2015, our investment portfolio continued to provide important support for Historic Richmond’s annual budget and mission. We continue to carefully monitor the performance of Historic Richmond’s professionally managed portfolio, and look forward to increasing the portfolio over time with attractive risk-adjusted performance, conservative withdrawal policies, and the continued generosity of our donors.
Historic Richmond’s leadership team and staff diligently managed expenses in 2015 and generated a budget operating surplus for the year. By carefully controlling expenses and with the dedicated support of our donors, Historic Richmond has continued to provide uninterrupted programs and services to the community as we put our new leadership team in place.
Historic Richmond has continued to invest in one of the country’s most historic properties, Monumental Church.
Historic Richmond also recently invested funds to facilitate the purchase and full restoration of two historic houses in Jackson Ward.
Additionally, the advocacy of Historic Richmond was a critical factor in the preservation or rehabilitation of several historically significant buildings in Richmond.
Historic Richmond actively invests its resources in the Richmond community by protecting Richmond’s most historically significant structures and places in accordance with our new strategic plan. We are grateful for each and every one of our donors who contribute so generously to Historic Richmond. Every donation is vital to continue our mission to shape the future of Richmond by preserving our distinctive historic character, sparking revitalization and championing our past and future architectural legacy. We at Historic Richmond are very fortunate to have such a supportive community that celebrates Richmond’s unique and historic built environment.
Copyright © 2014 The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia7501 Boulders View Drive, Richmond, VA 23225804-330-7400 | www.tcfrichmond.org