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122-0075 Christ and St. Luke's Church

Christ and St. Luke's Church
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VLR Listing Date 03/20/1979

NRHP Listing Date 06/18/1979

NPS property number 79003286

Its traceried windows, elaborate detailing, pinnacled tower, and interior carvings combine to make Christ and St. Luke’s Church one of the state’s purest expressions of the Late Gothic Revival, an architectural movement fostered by the Boston architect Ralph Adams Cram. As are many churches of the movement, this example is a skillful adaptation of the English Perpendicular style. A notable interior feature is the carved reredos containing statues of dignitaries of the Episcopal Church. The congregation traces its ancestry to the Elizabeth River Parish, whose first church dated from 1637. Erected as Christ Church in 1909-10, the present edifice is effectively placed at the head of Smith’s Creek in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood. Its architects, Watson and Huckle of Philadelphia, were experts in the scholarly interpretation of medieval English styles so popular with affluent early 20th century congregations.


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

Updated September 6, 2018