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First Presbyterian Church

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1877. 1997, renovation. 1972, Sunday school addition. 515 Court St.
  • First Presbyterian Church (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The mid-nineteenth-century phase of the Romanesque Revival, popularized by Richard Upjohn's work, lacks the weight and strength of H. H. Richardson's architecture. This is apparent in First Presbyterian Church, with its corner tower and steeple, round-arched windows, and attached wall buttresses. The congregation was established in Portsmouth in 1822, and the present church replaces one destroyed by fire in 1877.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "First Presbyterian Church", [Portsmouth, 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, 445-445.

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