In 1844, it was renamed Franklin Street, and by the 1850's, some of the most powerful families lived on it. After the Civil War, Franklin Street became Richmond's most prestigious residential thoroughfare, lined with opulent houses in the latest Victorian styles. The street played a key role in rebuilding the city after the war, and the completion of the Jefferson Hotel between Franklin and Main Streets in 1895 put Richmond back on the map architecturally.
Franklin Street's residential makeup began to change in the early 1900's as newly popular hi-rise apartment buildings began sprouting up beside the street's elegant homes. As the century advanced, Franklin Street changed more radically. A number of homes there were torn down to make way for office buildings and parking lots. Virginia Commonwealth University converted many of the houses west of Belvidere into academic buildings and departmental offices. Nonetheless, Franklin Street has retained much of its historic character. To the West of Maury Place, there are blocks of Franklin Street still lit by gas streetlights. These charming homes and cottages were built mostly in the 1920's and '30's. A stroll down Franklin is like a stroll through time!
Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument