The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, Richmond

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The Branch is located in Richmond’s historic Fan District at 2501 Monument Avenue. It is the only individual structure on Monument Avenue that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1953 the family gave the Branch House to the Richmond Area Community Chest and Community Council, now known as the United Way of Greater Richmond, in memory of the owners.

In 1982 the house was purchased by Richmonder Robert Pogue and used as the headquarters for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company’s Richmond office. During his ownership, the Branch House was listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places and remains the largest single-family residence in Richmond, as well as the only building of historic easement on Monument Ave.

In 2003 the property was sold to The Virginia Foundation for Architecture and is now The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.
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  • The house is absolutely stunning. So beautiful, like many places in Richmond. But there's virtually nothing inside! A few very similar modern artworks and that's it. When we went, the upper 2 floors w...  more »
  • First off, I did not go on a tour. Secondly, there were parts of the museum under renovation until, supposedly, the end of Summer 2018. With these two caveats in mind, I enjoyed my visit, but it was a...  more »
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  • The architecture and design within the building was interesting. However I was expecting a bit more. There could have been more explaining the architecture throughout the building. Some more interior designing would've allowed experiencing the architecture in innovative ways. The gallery was being used to display the entrants of a children's design completion. Actually that was great. I love seeing community involvement. I would say don't write it off. The Branch is shooting signs that there is reconstruction and remodeling occurring. It should warrant a visit when spending time visiting there local museums.
  • We went on Time Travelers weekend. The building is incredible. The Tutor style is amazingly recreated.
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