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127-0401 Old Trinity Methodist Church (New Light Baptist Church)

Old Trinity Methodist Church (New Light Baptist Church)
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VLR Listing Date 12/09/1986

NRHP Listing Date 04/16/1987

NPS property number 87000625

A robust essay in the Italianate style, the former Trinity Methodist Church was designed by Albert L. West, a prominent 19th-century Richmond architect. A devout Methodist, West designed church buildings not only in Richmond but for several North Carolina cities and even Yokohama, Japan. Characterized by its stuccoed walls, tiers of arched windows, and bracketed cornice, Trinity was begun in 1859 but the Civil War delayed its completion until 1866. West’s remarkably tall and slender spire was not added to the entrance tower until 1875. Damaged by Hurricane Hazel, the spire was dismantled in 1955. The church originally held the city’s oldest Methodist congregation. The congregation moved to a new church in Richmond’s west end in 1945, and sold the building to the New Light Baptists, a black congregation which has maintained this Church Hill landmark for the past half century.


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

Updated April 4, 2018