Memorial Terrace

Memorial Terrace (HM1HZM)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.331', W 77° 25.803'

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Monumental Church

1788
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.

1806
Richmond Theatre opened in three-story brick building.

1811
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.

1812
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall headed the building committee to raise funds to erect a memorial on site.

1812
Robert Mills, first native born American architect and architecture student of Thomas Jefferson, designated the octagonal church with a Delorme dome.

1812-184
Construction of Monumental Church led by master builder, Isaac Sturdevant from Boston.

1814
First Episcopal service of Monumental Church held on May 4th.

1824
Marquis de Lafayette honored on October 31st at special church service.

1845-1850
Altar introduced, central pulpit removed, and upper windows in sanctuary enlarged.

1873-1874
Sunday school building added.

1878-1901
Stained glass windows installed, including one Tiffany stained glass window.

1899
Mural of the Resurrection in the apse and fresco of Angel Gabriel on the dome painted.

1919
Virginia Commonwealth University, formerly Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, moved to church vestry.

1965
Church deconsecrated and deeded to Medical College of Virginia Foundation.

1971
Designated as National Historic Landmark by National Park Service.

1976-1981
Medical College of Virginia Foundation begins restoration returning to the original Mills design.

1976
Sunday school building demolished.

1983
Medical College of Virginia Foundation deeded church to Historic Richmond.

1985-1987
Stained glass windows replaced with clear windows to replicate Mills design and roof restored with copper dome.

2003-2012
Historic Richmond completed $3.5 million restoration including replica of monument.

2014
Celebration of 200th anniversary, installation of Memorial Terrace and restoration of marbleized altar.
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HM NumberHM1HZM
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByHistoric Richmond
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Date Added Monday, November 24th, 2014 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285302 N 4157426
Decimal Degrees37.53885000, -77.43005000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.331', W 77° 25.803'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 19.86" N, 77° 25' 48.18" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1226 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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