Court Street Baptist Church

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447 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA, USA
(757) 393-2312

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Byzantine Romanesque Style Baptist Church Jun 13, 2015
The Court Street Baptist Church was originally founded in 1789, but was called the Norfolk Baptist Church back then. In those days, Portsmouth and Norfolk were not the cities they are today and the town of Portsmouth was located in Norfolk County. As this was the first Baptist Church in the area, it served all of Norfolk County, hence the original name. Nevertheless, it was changed in 1791 to Portsmouth Baptist Church, which remained the name until 1855 when it changed to the current name, Court Street Baptist Church. Name changes aside, its one of the many historical buildings to see in Portsmouth, Virginia that can trace its origins to Colonial times.

The current structure is actually the third Church to stand on this location. The second Church on this location was built in 1858 and subsequently rebuilt in 1903 as it currently appears, containing the cornerstone of the previous building. Built in a Byzantine Romanesque style, the pinks granite stonework, ornate tower and stained glass windows combine to give this building an unusual look for a Baptist Church. The interior does not disappoint either, with an amphitheater style seating including an upper arch of seating. The wooden ceiling is quite a work of craftsmanship and the stained glass windows allow for some subtle lighting and colors. Worth a visit.
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spocklogic says:
The first one was likely a small church and demolished to build the 2nd one. The 3rd one was a "re-build", but not sure how much of the 2nd remained part of the structure.
Posted on: Aug 30, 2015
Vikram says:
3 re-constructions!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2015
spocklogic says:
Posted on: Aug 28, 2015
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