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St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church and Rectory

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1896, A. P. Gladden. E. Water St. at Merrick Ln.

On the hillside the Gothic Revival Catholic church is a wooden building with a central entrance tower and a louvered belfry. It has an interior noted for ten murals painted in 1919 by Cincinatti artist George Brouche. Shockey and Gladden were contractors for the church. The two-story foursquare frame rectory (c. 1908, T. T. Carter) is adjacent to the church.

Similar in style to the church is the nearby Pocahontas Baptist Church (1882; 74 E. Water), one of several churches built by the company. Like several others, the church is a simple frame gable-end building with a projecting gabled front vestibule, triangular window arches that convey a modest Gothic Revival flavor, and a louvered gabled front belfry with a modest steeple.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church and Rectory", [Pocahontas, 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, 490-490.

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