Monumental Church

Also known as: Monumental Episcopal Church
1224 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia


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Monumental Church (1812-14) was designed by architect Robert Mills to commemorate the deaths of seventy-two persons, including Virginia Governor George William Smith, who perished in an 1811 fire that destroyed a theater on the site. Conceived as both an active church and commemorative monument, its dual role is expressed by a stone memorial portico and adjoining octagonal church. As an early example of Greek Revival styling, Monumental Church is derived from the work and ideas of numerous renowned designers, especially Benjamin H. Latrobe. Mills, however, an American-trained architect who explored progressive concepts such as fireproof-construction techniques, is credited with synthesizing contemporary architectural trends into buildings that have become identified with the Federal era. Although Monumental Church was altered and enlarged during the late nineteenth century, subsequent rehabilitations have restored its original appearance. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS VA-1241)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 16, 1969
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Monument/marker
Current functions
Religious structure; Monument/marker
Period of significance
Significant years
1812; 1814

Update Log 

  • May 4, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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