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Kent Road Village Apartments,
 Richmond.

Kent Road Village is an example of a garden apartment complex built with Federal Housing Authority (FHA) financing during World War II.
   Until the 1920s most multi-family housing in American cities consisted of narrow, deep buildings on confined urban lots, with little access to light or adjoining yards. By contrast, garden apartment complexes were characterized by groups of two- or three-story buildings harmoniously arranged in a landscaped, suburban setting. The buildings featured central entrances, no lobbies or elevators, and provided for ample light, ventilation, and pleasant views, while allowing ready access to the outdoor space.
   Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Housing Act of 1934 established the FHA, which encouraged the development and spread of garden apartments throughout the U.S.
   When completed in the spring of 1943, the Kent Road Village's 88 apartment units provided urgently needed accommodations for Richmond residents facing an acute wartime housing shortage. Having recently undergone a careful rehabilitation, the historic apartments and the associated landscape retain a high degree of architectural integrity.





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