The View That Named Richmond: A River View Event
Celebrating the View: The River View Event
Thursday, October 6, 2011 | 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Libby Hill Terrace in Church Hill
Open Bar & Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
The River View Event is a party, art show and art auction designed to create awareness of The Richmond View by engaging well-known and amateur local artists to create a body of artwork with their individual interpretations of The Richmond View which will be auctioned or sold at the event to attendees.
Be a part of preserving the view the named Richmond. We hope as an artist, you will join us in preserving the view through your artistic interpretation of it as it looks now in 2011. As a preservation enthusiast, we hope you will join us for this one-time event to raise awareness of the history and importance of the view to all Richmonders and Virginians.
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Silent Art Auction
Historic Richmond Foundation has partnered with over 50 local artists in an effort to raise awareness of this unique view and its importance to our history. We hope to preserve the view which has remained virtually unchanged for over 275 years, through the artists' creative vision. The art, including sculpture, mosaic, collage and paintings, will be on display and auctioned at the River View Party, part of a series of events to celebrate our view.
Hunter McGuire, Jr.
Click here to see the artwork that will be on auction October 6. The document is constantly updated as we get more photos and information about each piece of artwork.
When William Byrd II formed a new town on the falls of the James River in 1737, the vista from the northern bank reminded him of the view shed in England’s Richmond upon Thames, a suburb of London. He named the new town Richmond. By 1768, Byrd’s son, William Byrd III, set aside the riverfront land on both banks as a Commons for the use and enjoyment of the public. Richmond became integral to the growth of our Commonwealth and our Nation’s history. That history continued with the development of George Washington’s canal system, making Richmond a center for early industry because of its capacity to transport cargo and people.
HRF advocates for preservation of The Richmond View, a view from Libby Hill of the bend in the James River which reminded William Byrd of Richmond upon Thames in England and caused him to name our city Richmond. The view has remained virtually unchanged for over 250 years. HRF believes The Richmond View is both a scenic and historic place which is worth preserving for future generations to enjoy.
HRF's position on Richmond's Waterfront Development:
As the greatest natural resource in the Richmond Region, the James River is essential to the business, recreation and creativity which we maintain as a culture. Historic Richmond Foundation supports the public consumption of views admiring and land surrounding the James River. HRF believes that the preservation of the historic Libby Hill view shed in St. John’s Church Historic District (Church Hill), from which William Byrd II determined our name as a city, is particularly important.
The Richmond Riverfront is a natural resource intended for the consumption of all residents. Historic Richmond Foundation hopes that you will join us in the cause to preserve public lands and views surrounding the river by contacting your local legislators and making known your support.
HRF encourages thoughtful commercial and residential development of Richmond’s waterfront on the James River. HRF believes that development should promote the use and enjoyment of the river by city residents and visitors, and attract events and businesses for economic benefit. HRF further advocates that any development includes preservation of The Richmond View from Libby Hill and public access to the river to maintain the James as a source of pride, beauty and historical context for the people of Richmond.