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Church of the Holy Trinity

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1892–1893. North end of Church St., near the north end of Duhring St., east of Main St. Bridge across Bluestone River
  • Church of the Holy Trinity

In 1902 Episcopal bishop George Peterkin described this delightfully diminutive building, set “on a picturesque knoll,” as “the prettiest and best equipped church of all this region.” The frame church is clad in German siding. Its steeply gabled facade is decorated with an elaborate bargeboard featuring a double row of cutout trefoils. To the left of a tiny vestibule, trimmed similarly with a bargeboard, is a onestory polygonal turret covered with a conical roof. An octagonal, pagoda-like belfry, clad in shingles, rises from the roof near the north transept. The interior is typical of many Episcopal churches: Gothic in style and spirit, small in scale. Walls are low, and the sanctuary is dominated by an open timber roof with exposed sheathing and scissor-beam trusses. After the parish was dissolved in 1955–1956, the building was sold to another denomination. One wishes the architect of this charming church could be known, even more that it were better maintained. Near the church, the Main Street Bridge, a 1911 Pratt pony truss constructed by the Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, crosses the Bluestone River and leads back into town.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Church of the Holy Trinity", [Bramwell, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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