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Third Street Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

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c. 1857. 1875, addition. 1914, addition, Carl Ruehrmund. 614 N. 3rd St.
  • (Photograph by Morgan Riley, CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • (Courtesy Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries)

This rare pre–Civil War African American church has a twin-towered Gothic Revival facade. In 1875 spires were added to the towers, but they were later removed. The pedimented entrance was added in the early twentieth century.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Third Street Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church", [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, 234-234.

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