RVA Legends — Broad Street Methodist Episcopal Church

RVA Legends — Broad Street Methodist Episcopal Church

A look into the history of Richmond places and people that have disappeared from our landscape.

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1000 East Broad Street
Built, 1859
Demolished, after 1960
Architect, Albert L. West

The Broad Street church that took a haircut.

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Broad Street Methodist church is located at Tenth and Broad Streets in the downtown section of Richmond, Virginia. The church was built in 1859 and has a large part in the religious life of the city. Attractive services are held in its spacious and beautiful auditorium each Sunday. Broad Street bears the reputation of being Richmond’s ‘Home of Delightful Music.’ Here a splendid quartet may be heard, as well as music from a $24,000.00 Wurlitzer organ. [Back of Postcard]

(LOC) Sanborn Insurance Maps of Richmond 1905

Broad Street Methodist Church erected its handsome building at Tenth and Broad in 1859. It stood for more than a century until its demolition following the property’s sale to the city, which needed space for the Civic Center. Perhaps Broad Street Church’s greatest pulpit orator, and one of the foremost such orators in any denomination, was the dynamic Dr. James A. Duncan, pastor during the Civil War. [RSOC]

August 2015

So says Mr. Dabney. According to a Style Weekly article by Edwin Slipek, it became a parking lot after demolition, and stayed that way until the mid-2000s.

(Broad Street Methodist Episcopal Church is part of the Atlas RVA Project)


  • [RSOC] Richmond, The Story of a City. Virginius Dabney. 1976.


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