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1867–1869. 220 Owensville Rd.
  • (Photograph by Alexander Heilner)
  • (Photograph by Alexander Heilner)
  • (Photograph by Alexander Heilner)
  • (Photograph by Alexander Heilner)
  • (HABS)

Christ Church originated as St. James-the-Less, a chapel of ease for St. James’s Anglican parish. A decade later in 1862, St. James-the-Less had grown enough to become an independent new parish named Christ Church. The parishioners started construction on a replacement church in 1867, selecting a Carpenter Gothic design that closely recalls plans for parish churches published by architect Richard Upjohn in Rural Architecture (1852). The church is charmingly picturesque with board-and-batten siding, stained glass lancet windows, and steep shingled roof and slender bell tower. The long, narrow nave of the church is entered from the side and spanned by a wood scissor truss ceiling. An adjacent Sunday school building built in the 1930s and expanded in the 1950s continues the Carpenter Gothic theme.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1867


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "CHRIST CHURCH", [West River, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 82-82.

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