On this episode,¬†Leslie J. Naranjo, Director of Preservation Services for¬†Historic Richmond¬†talks about Monumental Church. ¬†Monumental was completed 200 years ago this year and still stand at 1224 E Broad St.¬†It was built as a memorial to the at least 72 people that died when The Richmond Theater burned on the site on December 26, 1811. ¬†The remains of the 72 people are built into the base of the church. ¬†The ground breaking, greek revival church was designed by Robert Mills. ¬†Mills is the only architect to study under Thomas Jefferson.
Monumental is much more than just an old church. ¬†Naranjo talks about the connection between the theater and Edgar Allan Poe, the church and John Marshall, ¬†the site and the US Constitution, and how the fire made heros out of a slave named Gilbert Hunt and a doctor.
Monumental Church is maintained by¬†Historic¬†Richmond¬†and is open to the public by
request and is available for weddings and other events.
All photo are from the Library of Congress except the top. ¬†See more here.
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