First Baptist Church (Lynchburg, Virginia)

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First Baptist Church
First Baptist Lynchburg Nov 08-1.JPG
First Baptist Church, Lynchburg VA, November 2008
First Baptist Church (Lynchburg, Virginia) is located in Virginia
First Baptist Church (Lynchburg, Virginia)
First Baptist Church (Lynchburg, Virginia) is located in the United States
First Baptist Church (Lynchburg, Virginia)
Location1100 Court St., Lynchburg, Virginia
Coordinates37°24′43″N 79°8′33″W / 37.41194°N 79.14250°W / 37.41194; -79.14250Coordinates: 37°24′43″N 79°8′33″W / 37.41194°N 79.14250°W / 37.41194; -79.14250
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1884 (1884)
ArchitectJohn R. Thomas
Architectural styleGothic
NRHP reference #82004570[1]
VLR #118-0025
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 9, 1982
Designated VLRApril 21, 1981[2]

First Baptist Church is a historic Southern Baptist church located at 1100 Court Street, Lynchburg, Virginia. It is built of hard-pressed red brick on a rough granite foundation. The main facade of the church, facing Eleventh Street, and the two sides are centered with large rose windows framed within Gothic arches covered with hood moldings. Construction began in 1884 and the church was dedicated in 1886. In the 1920s, Lynchburg architect Stanhope S. Johnson designed the complementary Sunday School annex. In 1941, the interior of the sanctuary was modified by Stanhope S. Johnson, with the creation of a divided chancel. It is home to the oldest Baptist congregation of Lynchburg, established in July 1815.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1] It is located in the Court House Hill-Downtown Historic District.



  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ S. Allen Chambers (April 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: First Baptist Church" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo

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