Protecting "The View that Named Richmond"
CRLC took one more step to protect “The View that Named Richmond.” A 0.765-acre parcel below Libby Hill, which could have been developed into a five-story building, has been protected from such development through a donated conservation easement. This voluntary act by the landowner Shiplock East L.L.C. and its principals Louis Salomonsky and David White is a significant step toward saving the view.
Scenic Virginia designated “The View that Named Richmond” as an Endangered Virginia Viewshed in 2006 after inappropriately high development along the James River was proposed. In 2007, the General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution No. 658 that celebrates the “panoramic view of the James River from Libby Hill Park” that possesses scenic, historic, and cultural significance in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and City of Richmond, its capital city. The view remained threatened such that Preservation Virginia named it one of the eleven most endangered historic sites of 2012. The same year the American Society of Landscape Architects bestowed further recognition of the view as a National Iconic Landscape.
Learn about Capital Region Land Conservancy’s effort to protect “The View That Named Richmond” via the purchase of 5.2 acres on Dock Street.