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111-0034 Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg

Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg
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VLR Listing Date 05/17/1983

NRHP Listing Date 03/01/1984

NPS property number 84003534

The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg, located in the Fredericksburg Historic District, ranks with the finest surviving examples of Jeffersonian Roman Revival in the Commonwealth. Built in 1833, the building is dominated by a Tuscan portico in antis and a handsomely detailed belfry with an entablature in the Doric order of the Baths of Diocletian. Although its architect is unknown, the striking similarity of the design to the works of master builders William B. Phillips and Malcolm B. Crawford, two of the most able practitioners of Jefferson’s style, strongly favors an attribution. The building survives little changed from its original appearance, even preserving many early interior features. During the Civil War the church served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers, and it was here that Clara Barton came to nurse the Union wounded after the battle of Fredericksburg in 1862.


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

Updated August 9, 2019