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Second Baptist Church

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1925–1927. James St. between 2nd and 3rd aves.
  • Second Baptist Church

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.

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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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-SU9.

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