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Salem Presbyterian Church

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1851–1852, probably Joseph and James C. Deyerle with Benjamin Deyerle; 1914 rear addition; 1928 addition. 41 E. Main St.

This building is one of the region's best examples of Greek Revival. The nave-plan church features a portico in antis with Ionic columns and front and side bays divided by pilasters and pierced by large quadruple-hung windows. Woodwork at door and window openings, probably executed by regional master carpenter Gustavus Sedon, is derived from pattern books popular during the period. The tower, originally capped by a tall church steeple, is composed of two tiny temples, stacked one atop the other; the upper one (added 1928) is capped by a dome.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Salem Presbyterian Church", [Salem, 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, 404-404.

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