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Leigh Street Baptist Church

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1854–1857, Samuel Sloan. 1870, addition. 1880–1885, addition, attributed to Asa Snyder. 1911 and 1930, additions. 517 N. 25th St. (at Leigh St.)
  • Leigh Street Baptist Church (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

The church, with its hexastyle pedimented Doric portico, is a fine example of Samuel Sloan's ability with the Greek Revival style. Sloan, from Philadelphia, is perhaps better known for his Italianate designs. The missionary Reuben Ford organized the congregation. Under the auspices of the Leigh Street Baptist Church, seven other Baptist churches in Richmond were started. Additions have diminished some of its effect, and the interior is completely changed. The iron fencing, believed to be by Asa Snyder, is some of the best in the city.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Leigh Street Baptist 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, 204-204.

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