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St. Peter's Catholic Church (Cathedral)
In the year of its construction, a Richmond newspaper viewed this building as inaugurating a new architectural era for the city. It would be
The building was the second Catholic church constructed in Richmond. In 1840, when the Diocese of Richmond was created, it became the first cathedral of that diocese. The 1855 transept, while somewhat boxy from the exterior, creates an elegant cruciform interior. There was considerable discussion in the 1880s about demolishing the building for a grander edifice, but the size of the site and a lack of funding precluded new construction. The consecration of the new Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Monroe Park in 1906 relegated the building to parish status.
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