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Christ Church Episcopal

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1838, James Hamilton Couper; 1869 portico stairs and apse modified; 1897 interior rebuilt, William G. Preston. 28 Bull St.

Christ Church Episcopal, originally Anglican, was the first church of the Georgia colony, having been assigned this site by Oglethorpe in 1734, though without a building of its own until 1750. (This first church was designed by William Stephens, perhaps with the assistance of a local builder named Joubert. Colonial records also mention a design having been prepared by Henry Flitcroft in England, but this has been lost.) Planned by plantation owner and amateur architect Couper, the current building is the fourth church on this site. Filling the entire trust lot, Christ Church follows the form of a Roman temple and as such originally had a single set of stairs rising directly from the sidewalk to the portico, altered to their present form in 1869 when an original round apse was replaced by the current square one. The interior, rebuilt after a fire in 1897 to the designs of Preston, features colossal Corinthian pilasters, galleries, and a stained glass Ascension window by Redding and Baird of Boston in the apse.

Writing Credits

Robin B. Williams with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler


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Robin B. Williams with David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler, "Christ Church Episcopal", [Savannah, Georgia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Savannah, Robin B. Williams. With David Gobel, Patrick Haughey, Daves Rossell, and Karl Schuler. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016, 35-36.

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