St. Andrew’s Church

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The St. Andrew’s Church complex was created to serve Oregon Hill, a Richmond neighborhood populated by workers at the Tredegar Iron Works and other nearby factories. Grace Arents, a niece of tobacco magnate Maj. Lewis Ginter and heir to the Ginter fortune, was the project’s sponsor. With this philanthropic gesture, Arents was following the example of Andrew Carnegie, Jane Addams, and other nationally recognized exponents of Progressive Era social conscience. Built between 1900 and 1908, the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church complex contains a visually-arresting church designed by A. H. Ellwood of Elkhart, Ind., and a parish hall, library, and faculty residence by Noland and Baskervill of Richmond. The school building is the work of Richmond architect D. Wiley Anderson. The finely-crafted stone church, one of Richmond’s purest examples of the High Victorian Gothic mode, contains a splendid interior. The complex continues as a neighborhood architectural and social anchor.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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