Court End in Richmond, VA

The Valentine

Where is Court End in Richmond, VA?

The historic Court End neighborhood is located in the northern portion of Downtown Richmond bordered between roughly N. 10th Street to the west, E. Leigh Street to the north, Interstate 95 to the east and E. Broad Street to the south.

History of Court End in Downtown Richmond

Downtown Richmond’s Court End neighborhood has transformed over the centuries and continues to be a relevant and significant part of the city. Its history is extensive. In 1790, John Marshall, best known as the “Great Chief Justice” for his role in creating the modern Supreme Court, built his home on E. Marshall Street and lived there for forty-five years until his death. Originally built in 1818 as a residence for Richmonder, John Brockenbrough, the building known as the White House of the Confederacy served as the executive mansion and home of Jefferson Davis, and his family, from August 1861 until the Civil War’s end in April 1865.

The Egyptian Building, built in 1845, planted the seeds of what became VCU Health System, the largest stakeholder in today’s Court End neighborhood. And in 1876, the historic First African Baptist Church building that still stands today was built on the site of the original church founded in 1841. The church counts John Mitchell, Maggie L. Walker, and Doug Wilder among its illustrious members.

Court End in Richmond, VA

Wickham House Courtyard

Things to Do in Court End

Court End is rich in history and home to many cultural institutions like The Valentine and landmarks like the John Marshall House.

Court End in Richmond, VA

The John Marshall House

Court End Shops and Restaurants

Shops and Services in Court End, Richmond, VA

  • River City Treasures Gift Shop, 1000 E. Broad Street (VCU Health Campus)
  • Three Bears Gift Shop, 1213 E. Clay Street (Critical Care Hospital at VCU)
  • The Valentine Museum Store, 1015 E. Clay Street
  • The Virginia Shop, 800 E. Broad Street
  • VCU Medical Center Bookstore, 601 N. 10th Street (VCU Health Campus)

Restaurants in Court End, Richmond, VA

Court End in Richmond, VA

VCU Health Campus