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Main Street United Methodist Church

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1865–1873, Henry Exall; 1890–1891 remodeled, attributed to William M. Poindexter; 1923 education building, J. Bryant Heard. 767 Main St.

This church is imposing in size, asymmetry, and character. The church completed in 1873 was Italian Renaissance Revival, but was remodeled in the early 1890s in the then-fashionable Romanesque Revival. The commanding, square bell tower is similar to the tower that once crowned the railway depot (PI33). Three rows of corbeling run above a row of round-arched windows on the facade. The church is further elaborated with turrets, a variety of brownstone belt courses, and an engaged semicircular tower, features that are typical of this denomination's propensity toward rich decoration in the late nineteenth century. Within, the church has a flat plastered ceiling with beams forming a rectangular grid, and a balcony that extends from the entrance wall along the side walls. Heard's austere Romanesque Revival design for the adjacent education building complements the church in its dark-red color and corbel table.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Main Street United Methodist Church", [Danville, 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, 372-373.

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