ArchitectureRichmond: New Light Baptist Church

12/29/2013 4:55 AM by

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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