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Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church

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1907–1908, Harding and Upman. Birch and Braxton sts. at the angular intersection with Kanawha St.

A bit more sober than its Catholic counterpart, this church is also constructed of locally quarried sandstone, here laid in random rubble. A central tower that contains the entrance in its base terminates with a louvered belfry and a crenellated parapet. As at St. Thomas, large, wooden-traceried windows fill the end walls of the transepts. Instead of a cruciform interior, though, the sanctuary is T-shaped with service rooms occupying what would have been the chancel in a more liturgically oriented church. The relatively unadorned interior relies for its effect on oak trim, curved pews, and a wooden ceiling. Original blueprints, dated September 1907, are still in the church.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church", [Gassaway, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-BX5.2.

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