St. Paul’s is both the oldest example of Gothic Revival in Fayetteville and the city’s oldest surviving church. The brick church replaced a frame structure of 1854 at a different location. The contractors were W. Z. Mayes and John Oliver, who also built Old Main (WA26.1) on the university campus. When financial constraints interrupted construction of St. Paul’s for several years, the congregation met within the unfinished brick shell. The nave, with its two steeply gabled halves, is the most prominent part of the building. The square bell tower set in the angle between the nave’s two gables was added later. A large pointed-arched window echoes the shape of the gables as well as the gabled entrance portico on the right, and three lancet windows form a vertical line up the bell tower to its crenellated top. Within, pine and walnut wood paneling on the walls and exposed wooden cross-trusses for the ceiling create a dark atmosphere that is all the more effectively punctuated by the light and color of the stained glass windows. In the twentieth century the church acquired several additional buildings at its sides.
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