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Second Baptist Church

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1925–1927. James St. between 2nd and 3rd aves.
  • Second Baptist Church (Fred Long, Steven Trail)

The lines of this handsome Georgian Revival brick church are reminiscent of a New England meetinghouse, and the similarity would have been even more pronounced if the projecting tower at the center of its pedimented facade supported a spire instead of a small wooden cupola. A diminutive Tuscan portico shelters the on-grade entrance, but the sanctuary, like the one at the earlier St. Patrick's Church ( SU3), is raised above a fully exposed ground story.

Second Baptist's congregation, organized in 1878, was first composed largely of African Americans who worked on the C&O. The fine design of this city landmark bespeaks the hand of a trained architect, and one would like to ascribe it to someone of the caliber of John C. Norman of Charleston. For now, the architect's identity is unknown.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Second Baptist Church", [Hinton, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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