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St. Luke's Episcopal Church

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1860, Joseph Coleman Hart; 1903 chapel. 5 Church St., City of St. Albans
  • (Alan P. Lampson)

St. Luke's is one of two Vermont churches—the other is St. Michael Episcopal Church (1858) in Brattleboro—by New York Gothic Revivalist Hart, who wrote and illustrated Designs for Parish Churches in Three Styles of English Architecture (1857). It is also the oldest building on Church Street. Clearly a descendant of the English parish churches that Hart so admired, St. Luke's is composed of a tall nave indicated on the facade by a grand pointed stained glass window, flanked by lower lancet-lighted aisles, and terminated to the east with a lower chancel. An entrance in the square bell tower gives access to the interior, as does a small gabled porch on the south side. The complex profile of the building is embellished with stepped buttresses that articulate each component of the massing. Walls are of warm, mottled local calico stone, rock faced and randomly coursed, and a brownstone belt course and buttress caps add touches of Ruskinian polychromy. Its activated form and sophisticated design help this small-scale building hold its own among the line of monumental buildings overlooking Taylor Park on Church Street.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "St. Luke's Episcopal Church", [St. Albans, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 211-212.

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