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Bethany Lutheran Church

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1925, attributed to William M. Collins for T. J. Collins and Son; 1952 addition; 1990s addition, Eldon Wood for Wood, Sweet and Swofford. W. Main St. at Maple Ave.

Bethany Lutheran Church reflects the mode of Gothic Revival popular in the 1920s, notably the enormous pointed-arched window that fills the front gable. The brick church, four bays deep, has lower side aisles and a two-story square entrance tower at a rear corner. Contrasting with the dark-red brick walls, pale Indiana limestone is used to define door and window surrounds, a water table, and coping on the buttresses and parapets. Pointed-arched stained glass windows have stone tracery forming interlaced trefoils, quatrefoils, and circles. A one-story gable-roofed brick educational wing was added in 1952 and expanded in the front in the 1990s with a sympathetic addition designed by Eldon Wood of Charlottesville.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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