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St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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1843–1844. 1880–1881 alterations. 122 E. Pine St.
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church

A frame church (1804–1806) preceded this brick building on the site. The Gothic Revival interior and front that one sees today were added in the 1880s to the virtually unadorned structure of the 1840s under the supervision of a former rector, Reverend John Linn McKim. He was an uncle of Charles Follen McKim, partner in the famous New York City architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White, and so the project is frequently attributed to Charles McKim. Scholars of McKim, Mead and White make no mention of any Delaware commissions, but the heavy Stick Style of the St. Paul's alterations seems somewhat similar to the firm's contemporary work. Reverend McKim himself, however, had ably overseen the Gothic Revival transformation of Christ Church, Milford, when Charles Follen McKim was still a teenager, and his son, Reverend J. Leighton McKim, was likewise a talented church designer, as at St. Stephen's, Harrington (1875–1876). The tower is unusual: buttressed brick walls rise on either side of the gabled entrance porch and support a complex, openwork wooden structure beneath the steeple. The interior is famous for its stained glass. The parish house (1940) was rebuilt in 1989–1990 after destruction by fire.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "St. Paul's Episcopal Church", [Georgetown, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-ES4.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 261-263.

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