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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

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1900–1903, A. H. Ellwood. 1904, parish hall, Noland and Baskervill. Laurel St. at Idlewood Ave.
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

The twin towers of this ashlar-trimmed, rockfaced masonry structure make it the dominant neighborhood landmark. Oregon Hill's great benefactor endowed this project to replace an earlier frame chapel in Oregon Hill. Grace Arents was a sophisticated architectural patron who selected an Elkhart, Indiana, architect because of his reputation as a designer of Episcopal churches. Arents was deeply involved with the project, to the point of serving as the contractor. Within and without, from the hammerbeams in the sanctuary to the exterior stonework, the building is imbued with the ideals of honest Gothic architecture advocated by A. W. N. Pugin and Ralph Adams Cram. The building was a substantial departure from the less academic interpretation that had characterized a number of earlier Gothic Revival structures in Richmond (many of which have been demolished).

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "St. Andrew's Episcopal Church", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-RI235.

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Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 238-239.

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