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Empire Theater

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1912, Scarborough and Howell. 1977, renovation, Bond Comet Westmoreland. 118 W. Broad St.

The Empire is the oldest surviving theater building in Richmond. The exterior has been purged of its ornament, leaving only the coffered arch to suggest its original grandeur. Fortunately, the lavish neoclassical ornament on the interior of the theater escaped obliteration. Claude K. Howell, one of the partners of the designing firm, would later become one of the most prolific theater designers in the South.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Empire Theater", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 230-230.

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