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046-0024 St. Luke's Church

St. Luke's Church
Photo credit: Elizabeth Lipford/DHR, 2022

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/09/1969

NRHP Listing Date 10/15/1966

NHL Listing Date 10/09/1960

DHR's Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 66000838

This venerable house of worship in Isle of Wight County, originally known as Newport Parish Church, is America’s purest expression of authentic Gothic architecture. Although simple in design, the buttressed walls, lancet side windows, and traceried east window of St. Luke’s Church have for more than three centuries formed one of the New World’s most direct links with the architecture of the Middle Ages. The construction date is controversial. Most likely it was built with its tower near the end of the 17th century, when the colonists began to undertake more substantial architectural works. St. Luke’s fell into disrepair after the disestablishment and was more or less ruinous for most of the 19th century. A series of repairs, begun in 1894, culminated in a thorough and meticulous restoration completed in 1957. No longer a parish church, St. Luke’s Church is an official historic shrine of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.


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


Updated: March 11, 2022