Christ & St. Luke’s Church, 07 January 2011
I may not be a regular churchgoer at this point in my life, but I do appreciate a nice looking one!
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid
This particular example is Christ & St. Luke’s Church in the Ghent Neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia. As with many of the historic buildings in the area, the history of the church isn’t as extensively documented as, say, places in Chicago, but a little online digging turned up the following tidbits: the existing church was constructed between 1909 and 1910 as Christ Church, and was designed by the firm Watson and Huckle, which was based in Philadelphia.  For those of y’all who recognize architectural styles, this one is obviously a Gothic Revival design.  The church building itself is on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places  – and why not? It is certainly a beautiful church, ain’t it?
: A quick Google search turned up the application to place the church on the Virginia Landmarks Register, from which I snagged these facts. You can view a scan of it here, at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources website (PDF Warning, 515KB).
: Obviously, it couldn’t be an original Gothic design, silly. The Gothic period in architectural history took place from the 12th thru the 16th Centuries, during most of which Europeans had no knowledge of the American continents. It is slightly late for the Gothic Revival period itself, too, as that was primarily a 19th Century movement, but it’s close enough that it can be classified as such – and the various Revival movements of the 19C didn’t so much end as they lost prominence, but continued on intermittently whenever someone wanted a building in that particular style.