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154-0003 Christiansburg Presbyterian Church

Christiansburg Presbyterian Church
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VLR Listing Date 06/21/1977

NRHP Listing Date 01/30/1978

NPS property number 78003031

The Christiansburg Presbyterian Church is one of a related group of Greek Revival churches concentrated in and around the Roanoke Valley. Common features of these buildings are the temple form, usually with a portico in antis; meticulous brickwork; and a square belfry framed with paired pilasters and topped by a steeple. The architectural details mostly are adapted from builders’ pattern books, particularly those of Asher Benjamin who popularized the Greek Revival style for local builders. The church was erected in 1853 by James E. Crush of Fincastle, who was assisted by the brothers Samuel M. and James W. Hickok. In contrast to the many mundane small town churches of the period, Christiansburg Presbyterian displays remarkable inventiveness in the simplification of its classical details. Presbyterians came to Montgomery County in the late 18th century; the Christiansburg congregation was organized in 1827.


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

Updated April 4, 2018