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026-0123-0005 Central State Hospital Chapel *Delisted

Central State Hospital Chapel
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/17/2010

NRHP Listing Date 09/24/2010

NPS property number 10000794

Delisted from VLR on 09/15/2016

Delisted from NPS on 02/07/2017

The Chapel and Amusement Hall was built in 1904 as part of the Central State Hospital, which opened in 1885 in Dinwiddie County as a segregated facility for mentally ill African Americans. The building was used for social activities such as dances and concerts as well as daily and Sunday worship services. Today the chapel is a reminder of the state’s unequal treatment of African Americans during the era of segregation and the evolving history of mental health treatment facilities.

The Central State Hospital Chapel was listed at the statewide level of significance in the areas of Ethnic Heritage: Black and Health/Medicine. After being vacant for a number of years, the state-owned building’s structural integrity was compromised by deferred maintenance, leading to its eventual collapse in May of 2014.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated January 17, 2019