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First Presbyterian Church

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1929, Louis P. Smithey with Meyer and Mathieu, consulting architects; 1965 education building and chapel, J. Walker Caldwell. 2101 Jefferson St. SW
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Conservative yet modern is the message evoked by the Gothic Revival forms of this church. It is built of rusticated yellowish Catawba stone, a material that is often used regionally for religious buildings. The massive, gable-end church features a pointed-arched entrance surmounted by a Tudor-arch stained glass window and flanked by double buttressing. A wing is connected to the rear of the church by a large, square corner bell tower.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "First Presbyterian 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, 422-422.

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