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121-0031 First Baptist Church, Newport News

First Baptist Church, Newport News
Photo credit: Marcus Pollard, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 06/16/1999

NRHP Listing Date 05/11/2000

NRHP Reference Number 00000774

First Baptist Church, located in the city of Newport News Downtown, was constructed in 1902 and, after it burned in 1906, was rebuilt in 1907 using the original plans. The building is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival architecture built in rough-faced pink granite with large, arched entrances and a general sense of mass and weight. The architect for the First Baptist Church, Newport News was Reuben H. Hunt, a Georgia native who set up his architectural practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hunt was a prolific architect, noted for his public buildings throughout southern America. First Baptist Church is one of eight churches by Hunt built between 1896-1910 in Virginia alone.


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


Updated: January 19, 2023