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Freemason Abbey Restaurant (Second Presbyterian Church)

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Second Presbyterian Church
1873, attributed to Charles Parker Breese. 1899, facade renovation, James E. R. Carpenter. c. 1943, 1988, renovations. 209 W. Freemason St.
  • Freemason Abbey Restaurant (Second Presbyterian Church) (Richard Guy Wilson)

An unusual adaptation, this structure was built for the Second Presbyterian Church as a brick box. In 1899, James Carpenter added the Gothic Revival granite and brownstone facade, with its off-center tower, to provide contrast to the nearby Epworth United Methodist Church, which he had designed in part. Subsequently, the church building passed through other hands, and the rose window was filled with brick. Finally, in 1988, the building was transformed into a successful restaurant that trades upon its ecclesiastical past.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Freemason Abbey Restaurant (Second Presbyterian Church)", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 422-423.

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