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Emmanuel Episcopal Church

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1921. 700 Cumberland St.

Emmanuel Episcopal is in the neighborhood known as Solar Hill, which got its name from the hill used as an observation point for viewing a solar eclipse in 1869. Solar Hill was laid out in 1871 as one of the city's first planned residential neighborhoods. The church is built of variously sized rusticated stone, which creates a sturdy and highly picturesque effect. The form replicates the thirteenth-century Church of St. James the Less in Sulgrave, England, which was the ancestral home of George Washington. A massive, square, corner bell tower incorporates the entrance to the church and the tower's height is emphasized by paired lancet windows on each face. The gables of the facade and transepts are topped by small stone crockets.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Emmanuel Episcopal 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, 475-475.

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