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127-0314 St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Complex

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Complex
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 04/17/1979

NRHP Listing Date 06/22/1979

NPS property number 79003294

This complex was created to serve Oregon Hill, a neighborhood populated by workers at the Tredegar Ironworks and other nearby factories. Grace Arents, a niece of tobacco magnate Maj. Lewis Ginter and heir to the Ginter fortune, was the project’s sponsor. With this philanthropic gesture, Arents was following the example of Andrew Carnegie, Jane Addams, and other nationally recognized exponents of Progressive Era social conscience. Built between 1900 and 1908, the complex contains a visually arresting church designed by A. H. Ellwood of Elkhart, Ind., and a parish hall, library, and faculty residence by Noland and Baskervill of Richmond. The school building is the work of Richmond architect D. Wiley Anderson. The finely crafted stone church, one of Richmond’s purest examples of the High Victorian Gothic mode, contains a splendid interior. The complex continues as a neighborhood architectural and social anchor.


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

Updated April 4, 2018