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Centenary Methodist Church

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1843, John and Samuel Freeman. 1874, alterations, Albert L. West. Later alterations. 1929, Sunday school wing, Charles M. Robinson. 411 E. Grace St.
  • Centenary Methodist Church

This church began life as a Greek Revival structure. A Gothic facelift was planned about 1860, in an attempt to keep up with the nearby Second Presbyterian Church (RI143), but the Civil War intervened, and not until 1874 did Albert L. West accomplish the remodeling. The relationship to Second Presbyterian is clear, even though West used darker brick and more vivid limestone trim. The interior was also remodeled with a hammerbeam and truss roof but lacks the spatial amplitude of Second Presbyterian Church. The focal point is the choir, with the organ behind, set apart from the nave by three tall pointed arches. The window glass is geometric except for one figural window. The baptismal font is by Tiffany Studios. Albert L. West had one of the largest architectural practices in Richmond in the mid-nineteenth century. His Methodist background brought him several other church commissions in addition to this one.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Centenary Methodist Church", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-RI177.

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Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 225-226.

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