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Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church (South), Norfolk, VA

July 29, 2016

Epworth Methodist Church Norfolk, VA

Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church (South) in Norfolk, Virginia was built when Methodism was still fractured following the Civil War. Designed by local architects Carpenter & Peebles (about whom I know very little) and built in 1894, it remains an exceptional example of the Richardsonian Romanesque, constructed while Richardson’s memory was still fresh; he had died just eight years earlier in 1886. It’s coverage in the American Architect & Building News may have included a plan but it hasn’t been reproduced in the hand-colored elevation.


The elaborate bell tower is rich with gargoyles and other mediaeval references.



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