The Fan

Black Swan Books is located in Richmond's historic Fan District area, an older part of town that gets its name from its shape - the streets "fan" out from Monroe Park. Developed primarily between the Civil War and the 1920's, the Fan is one of the largest intact Victorian neighborhoods in the country. It is aesthetically pleasing and stimulating in its diversity, encompassing both the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and the stately homes and Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue. Locally owned corner stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and small businesses add to the Fan's distinctive feel.