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Central Baptist Church

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1900–1904, Dwyer and Neff. 1921, Sunday school renovation, Herbert Levi Cain. 1962–1964, annex, A. Ray Pentecost, Jr. 1994–1996, restoration, José Francisco Soria. 701 W. Olney Rd.
  • Central Baptist Church (Richard Guy Wilson)

The short-lived partnership of Dwyer and Neff designed this Gothic Revival church to serve the neighborhoods of Ghent and Atlantic City, which were rapidly developing at the turn of the twentieth century. A new congregation, only fifteen years old, commissioned a building to vie with those of older, more established congregations in Norfolk. The impressive edifice of textured gray brick has a cross-in-square plan with a prominent bell tower at the northeast corner, truncated towers at the other corners, and a classroom wing that extends to the south of the main block. The north facade is the most ornate with its projecting sanctuary bay and rose window. The interior is oriented south to north and is distinguished by an oak hammerbeam ceiling and vividly colored stained glass windows by the Colgate Art Glass Company of New York. In the early 1960s an incompatible modern office and classroom wing was added to the west of the church.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Central Baptist 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, 430-430.

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