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Christ Episcopal Church, Glendower

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1831–1832, William B. Phillips. 900 Glendower Rd., Scottsville-Glendower vicinity
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Glendower

Phillips, a mason recruited from Richmond to work on the University of Virginia, created a delightful play on the Roman idiom favored by Jefferson. Phillips's church is a simple brick temple, without the portico often found in his mentor's work. A full Doric entablature, a familiar element from Jefferson's work at the University of Virginia, encircles the building below the eaves. The pediment above the double entry contains a very Jeffersonian lunette window. In Phillips's hands the familiar lunette window form, borrowed from the work of his former employer, becomes the dominant motif of the exterior. At the consecration, future bishop William Meade, a key figure in the revival of the Episcopal Church in Virginia, described Phillips's work as “a neat and excellent brick church.”

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Christ Episcopal Church, Glendower", [Scottsville, 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, 138-138.

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