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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

059-0007 Lower Chapel

Lower Chapel
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/17/1972

NRHP Listing Date 04/24/1973

NPS property number 73002038

Lower Chapel is one of two chapels ordered in 1710, along with the main parish church, to serve Middlesex County’s Christ Church Parish. The other chapel does not survive. Lower Chapel, begun in 1714, was so named because it was located in the lower part of the parish. As a secondary structure, the building was architecturally spare, having plain English bond walls instead of Flemish bond, with no rubbed or otherwise decorated brickwork. It achieves visual distinction, however, through the use of a steep clipped gable roof. Completed in 1717, the chapel served the parish until it was abandoned following the disestablishment. The building was acquired by the Methodists in 1857 and has since been used by that denomination, with the designation Lower Church.


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

Updated April 4, 2018