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Johns Memorial Episcopal Church

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1882; 1911 extension, G. C. Robeson. 400 High St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Named for John Johns, bishop of Virginia from 1862 to 1876, this Episcopal church occupies a conspicuous triangular block between High, Buffalo, and St. George streets. The church's Gothic styling contrasts sharply with the less Academic Gothic of the Farmville United Methodist Church (PE5). The red brick walls with lancet windows and narrow buttresses are kept low to increase the drama of the steep roof. Covered in Buckingham slate laid in an understated decorative pattern, the lower section of the roof wraps around the corners of the building onto the front and rear, a feature repeated in a small projecting vestibule and chancel. The three-stage battlemented corner tower with an open belfry was added later, but fits the overall design concept of the church.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Johns Memorial Episcopal Church", [Farmville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 267-268.

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