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Church of Our Saviour

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c. 1880, John Henry Hopkins Jr. 31 N. Loyal-sock Ave.
  • Church of Our Saviour (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The Reverend John Henry Hopkins Jr., the multitalented rector of Christ Church, Williamsport ( LY13), designed this frame Stick Style church. Boldly articulated framing members and long vertical boards, an elongated bell-cote, and a sharply peaked vestibule give the small church a tall and imposing presence on a crowded residential street. The church's small size dictated its nave plan. The railing, rood screen with a large cross, and altar with carved pinnacles, saints’ statues, and linenfold panels indicate Hopkins's High Church allegiances, as does the British spelling of “Saviour.” Hopkins designed two other area churches: a stone church also with a vertical-board upper section for Wadleigh Chapel (later St. Mary's Church) in Williamsport, and, in Upper Fairfield Township, the Church of the Good Shepherd, which lost Hopkins's elements, except for the stone walls, in a fire in the 1890s.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Church of Our Saviour", [Montoursville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 569-569.

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