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Grace and Holy Trinity Church

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1895, William C. Noland, architect. 1926, parish hall, Baskervill and Lambert. 1980, addition, Glave, Newman, Anderson. 8 N. Laurel St.

A picturesque edifice with cragged gray stone walls soaring above Laurel Street like a granite cliff, this church is one of the earliest surviving designs by Noland, the so-called dean of Virginia architects. Born in Virginia, Noland trained with New York and Philadelphia architects and traveled for two years in Europe before opening his office in Richmond in 1895. A designer, he asked Henry Baskervill, an engineer, to join him in practice. The firm, Noland and Baskervill, designed many buildings throughout Virginia. This design, an exuberant meshing of Gothic and Romanesque forms, illustrates the transition in the 1890s from the older Richardsonian Romanesque to the academic Gothic of Ralph Adams Cram. The tower anchoring the southeastern corner of the sanctuary lost its steeple in a 1951 tornado but remains a muscular statement. The interior is appropriately dark and mystical, befitting the “high church” preferences of the congregation.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Grace and Holy Trinity Church", [Richmond, 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, 244-245.

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