Downtown in Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
This site was a part of the Academy of Sciences and Fine Arts where the Virginia Convention of 1788 voted to approve the proposed U.S. Constitution on June 25th.
Richmond Theatre opened in three-story brick building.
Theatre destroyed by fire on December 26th claiming 72 victims, including Governor George W. Smith and former U.S. Senator Abraham Venable. Dr. James McCaw and slave, Gilbert Hunt, saved many from the burning building.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall headed the building committee to raise funds to erect a memorial on site.
Robert Mills, first native born American architect and architecture student of Thomas Jefferson, designated the octagonal church with a Delorme dome.
Construction of Monumental Church led by master builder, Isaac Sturdevant from Boston.
First Episcopal service of Monumental Church held on May 4th.
Marquis de Lafayette honored on October 31st at special church service.
Sunday school building added.
Stained glass windows installed, including one Tiffany stained glass window.
Mural of the Resurrection in the apse and fresco of Angel Gabriel on the dome painted.
Virginia Commonwealth University, formerly Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, moved to church vestry.
Church deconsecrated and deeded to Medical College of Virginia Foundation.
Designated as National Historic Landmark by National Park Service.
Medical College of Virginia Foundation begins restoration returning to the original Mills design.
Sunday school building demolished.
Medical College of Virginia Foundation deeded church to Historic Richmond.
Stained glass windows replaced with clear windows to replicate Mills design and roof restored with copper dome.
Historic Richmond completed $3.5 million restoration including replica of monument.
Celebration of 200th anniversary, installation of Memorial Terrace and restoration of marbleized altar.
Erected 2014 by Historic Richmond.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Disasters.
Location. 37° 32.331′ N, 77° 25.803′ W. Marker is in Downtown in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Broad Street and College Street, on the right when traveling west on East Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1224 East Broad Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Virginia Convention of 1788 (a few steps from this marker); Monumental Church (a few steps from this marker); St. Philip's Way (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Philip School of Nursing (within shouting distance of this marker); Egyptian Building (within shouting distance of this marker); First African Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named First African Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Egyptian Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.