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024-0009 Grace Episcopal Church

Grace Episcopal Church
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VLR Listing Date 06/17/1980

NRHP Listing Date 10/30/1980

NPS property number 80004185

Grace Church, Ca Ira, survives as a visually engaging illustration of the stylistic hybridization that occurred with Romantic Revivalism in the antebellum period. Its temple form and precise Flemish bond brickwork are an offspring of Virginia’s Classical Revival tradition fostered by Thomas Jefferson, while its Greek and Gothic details were adapted from builders’ pattern books. The pulpit is based on a pulpit design from Asher Benjamin’s Practical House Carpenter (1830). The church was erected in 1840-43 by Valentine Parrish, a local master builder, and is the only remaining building of Ca Ira, a town laid out in 1787 and which enjoyed brief prosperity before the Civil War. The name Ca Ira is probably derived from a French Revolutionary marching song.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated August 7, 2018