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Christian Church, Suffolk, VA

October 4, 2014

Charles E. Cassell was a Baltimore architect with a distinctive, almost signature style. I had known a Baltimore church in the Richardsonian Roimanesque idiom—a Protestant building later purchased by an Eastern Orthodox congregation—and this Suffolk church employs similar geometries. Cassell’s use of simple, repetitive geometries appeals to my inner Kahn, I suppose.


Built in 1892, the front underwent a significant renovation in the ‘teens—not what I’d call an aesthetic improvement. The presence, then or now, of any A-A characteristics is yet to be demonstrated. In the meantime, I post it here for your enjoyment.

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