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Wytheville Presbyterian Church

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1858–1863; 1980s additions. 285 Church St.

Clustered around wide tree-lined Church Street are many of Wytheville's most elaborate residences and churches. This Romanesque Revival church is based on Design XIX, “A Village Church,” from Samuel Sloan's The Model Architect (1851). Although not an exact copy of Sloan's design, the church has a central entrance tower with double doors with a fanlight tracery similar to that in the circular window above. The square section of the tower has paired windows and pinnacles at the corners that are smaller versions of those marking the corners of the building. Capping the tower is an octagonal louvered belfry and a spire. The spire is a 1980s replacement of the original that was dismantled c. 1928. Inside, the nave of the church is illuminated by round-headed stained glass windows. The careful detailing of this church witnesses the prosperity of the congregation.

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Author: 
Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Wytheville Presbyterian Church", [Wytheville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-WY15.

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, 455-455.

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