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First Baptist Church

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1882–1885, probably John R. Thomas; J. R. Pleasants, builder; 1905 rebuilt, Sidney W. Foulk. 871 Main St.

Rebuilt in its original style after a fire in 1905 destroyed all but the walls and spire, this red brick High Victorian Gothic church is a twin of the First Baptist Church in Lynchburg (BD45), and thus probably by the same architect. Both churches are sited on a corner and have gables facing two different streets. They each have a distinctive square corner tower featuring an attached half turret and a soaring octagonal spire. After the fire at this Danville church, the church's rose windows were replaced with large elliptical windows and the entrance was changed.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "First Baptist Church", [Danville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-PI47.

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, 374-374.

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