Dan Brown would do well to set his next dumb book in Richmond what with the Robert Mills’ (architect of the Washington Monument) designed Monumental Church on Broad Street downtown and its crypt (where the 71 victims of the December 1811 theater fire in Richmond are entombed),  the oldest Masonic Hall in the U. S. on Franklin Street (GW hung there),  steam tunnels under MCV and the State Capitol and all sorts of other cool places, many of which I’m lucky enough to get special tours of while I’m writing the Insiders’ Guide to Richmond for Globe Pequot Press.

I scoped out the city this past week on the tin roof of Monumental Church, owned by Historic Richmond Foundation and in the midst of renovations that will make it a great spot for weddings and other events. It’s no longer a sanctified church, having been de-churchified years ago, but as the only Robert Mills-designed circular church left standing, it’s a beautiful space with great light and lots of potential.

scarier than it looks

Thanks for the photo, Leigh Ann! I am living proof that the exterior renovations HRF undertook are great: the roof held.  No good reason why I was up that high with no railings, but it was well worth the vertigo.

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