[Second Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.] [graphic] / T.U. Walter, archt.

Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887.
1 drawing : ink & watercolor on paper ; 79.5 x 60 cm.
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Walter, Thomas Ustick. Architectural drawings collection.

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Churches -- Virginia -- Richmond.
Local subjects:
Main & 6th Sts. (Richmond, Va.). (search)
Second Baptist Church (Richmond, Va.). (search)
This perspective rendering shows a Greek Revival church with six columns and a steeple. Previously identified in Laverty as WTU*029*001, for the Tabb Street Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, Va., it is now called WTU*029A*001, with the Tabb Street building cataloged separately as WTU*029B*001. This 1840 rendering for the Second Baptist is damaged, with the upper portion, including the top of the steeple, missing.
The designs to the Second Baptist (Richmond) and the Tabb Street (Petersburg) were very similar, and the churches were built around the same time. Walter's diary entries for the Second Baptist Church date from Apr. 24, 1940 to July 8, 1941. Walter's diary entries for the Tabb Street Presbyterian Church date from Nov. 26, 1941 to Dec. 28, 1941. There was yet a third church, the First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va., built with a similar design at the same time period. According to Scott (1950) Old Richmond neighborhoods, p. 139, "In 1841, the congregation [Second Baptist] had sold it [their old church] and built a splendid new church at Sixth and Main. Designed by Thomas U. Walter, himself a devoted Baptist, at the same time he was designing old First Baptist, it differed from the latter building both in its imposing portico and in its steeple, which blew down in a storm in 1896." The Second Baptist building was later demolished. The old First Baptist Church, located then at H Street & Governor Streets, later Broad & 12th Sts., was in 1977 under threat of demolision by its owners since 1933, the Medical College of Virginia. The Tabb Street Presbyterian Church, 21 W. Tabb St., Petersburg, Va., was documented as part of the Histoci American Buidlings Survey in 1968.
Forms part of: Walter, Thomas Ustick. Architectural drawings collection.