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First Baptist Church

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1912. 1 Virginia St.

Prominently sited across the railroad tracks from the Bristol Train Station (WS19), the church was built for a congregation formed in 1859. Resembling a Roman temple with its hexastyle Ionic pedimented portico, the church is the city's best example of Classical Revival. Constructed of Flemish bond brick on a raised basement, the church's sides are marked by brick pilasters and rectangular stained glass windows beneath square windows with latticework grilles. Three tall double-door entrances have stone frames.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "First Baptist Church", [Bristol, 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, 474-474.

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