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ArchitectureRichmond: New Light Baptist Church

ArchitectureRichmond has a look at the iconic church at 20th and Broad Streets:

One of the more peculiar attributes of the building is the absence of its iconic 225 foot spire. Criticized as “a menace to public life” by Richmond’s first building inspector, the wooden tower had apparently sustained too much rotting or weather damage to be safe, yet stayed around for several more decades before removal following Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Albert West, a Richmond-born methodist himself, had a penchant for designing soaring steeples and had a similar tower at present-day Duke University collapse after construction.

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FaithInRichmond
FaithInRichmond
6 years ago

RT @chpn ArchitectureRichmond: New Light Baptist Church http://t.co/UieIqAQcsv

Leon Bradby
Leon Bradby
6 years ago

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Courtney Belden
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Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
6 years ago

Richmond’s skyline was filled with church spires years ago. At one point a few years ago they were trying to raise funds to replace it but not sure what happened to that? Then a year or so ago was also going to expand the church and plans posted here but again, what happened?

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
6 years ago

Link for the expansion plans:

/2012/09/13/major-addition-proposed-for-new-light-baptist-church_24163/

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Michael Jones
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MHB
MHB
6 years ago

David McMinn supposedly built the steeple according to the 1939 WPA survey of McMinn’s home; the reference is on Report Page 4 of the following link:

http://image.lva.virginia.gov/VHI/html/14/0393.html

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