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St. John's Episcopal Church

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1890–1892, Charles M. Burns; William C. Noland; later additions. Jefferson St. at Elm Ave.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (HABS; Photograph by Tim Buchman)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Designed by Burns of Philadelphia, one of the nation's leading Episcopal Church architects, with Virginia's Noland supervising construction, St. John's is a large urban version of a medieval English parish church. Red sandstone trim and a slate-shingled roof complement the church's rough limestone walls. The cruciform plan features a gable-end facade dominated by a pointed-arched window, a three-stage, battlemented corner entrance tower, a two-story sacristy wing on the opposite side to the tower, and a rear chapel. The church is flanked by low side aisles lit by pairs of pointed-arched windows set between buttresses. Inside, the lovely central-aisle nave is covered by a hammer-beam roof, wooden arcades separate the nave from the aisles, and coupled trefoil-arched stained glass windows, some by Louis C. Tiffany, are in the clerestory.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "St. John's Episcopal Church", [Roanoke, 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, 419-420.

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