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St. Luke's Episcopal Church

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1891–1893, William Halsey Wood. 602 W. Main St.

William Halsey Wood is noted for his Gothic Revival work, which, as here, is often composed of simple geometric forms with minimal ornamentation that give it an almost protomodern character. Wood used a textured local sandstone, shallow gabled roof, and a square corner tower with minimal but distinctive windows at each stage. A side chapel at the southwest corner is balanced by the corner tower to the southeast. Keeping the triple-lancet clerestory windows small and having smaller windows along the side aisles gives the church an almost fortresslike quality. The side entrance, facing south onto W. Main Street, leads directly to the high altar, but is rarely used, as the Church Street entrance is preferred. An oak rood screen and carved pine rafters adorn the interior. The Shingle Style parish hall slightly northwest of the church was built in 1901–1902, after Wood's death but according to his drawings.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "St. Luke's Episcopal Church", [Smethport, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 413-414.

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