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St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church

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1906, Harding and Upman. Kanawha St. at the intersection with Park St.

More ornate than its Presbyterian counterpart down the hill, St. Thomas was “erected by R. C. Kerens in memory of his parents,” according to a metal plaque affixed to the facade. The church is constructed of locally quarried, rockfaced sandstone laid in alternating broad and narrow courses and covered with a red tile roof. It is cruciform, with a polygonal apse with battlemented walls. The transept ends have large pointed windows with elaborate wooden tracery, and a jaunty bell cote rises above the center of the facade. The largely original interior has a particularly rich, rosy ambience, as all the polished woodwork is solid cherry.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church", [Gassaway, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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