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Old 1800's Church Rapidan, Va.

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If you notice, the land really slopes away at the front of the photo. That's because the Rapidan river is right there. Also notice the bell tower is actually 5 stories tall. The whole building either was built high or was raised because of the river flooding, which I've seen it do several times. Thats alot of steps going up into the church and the later added sanctuary. This was taken from the bridge over the river right by the mill dam.

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warbler

Glad you like it PK.

pkin38

Beautiful thanks

warbler

Good eye Dondi picking out the slotted windows. They are slotted to let the bell ringing out to call to service but keep the weather out. I agree on the Gothic look. Art Deco actually incorporated several styles as well as being its own creation. I have seen Art Deco stuff from the late 1800's as well(I've had an antique business for 25 yrs), which is when the idea was conceived. It just wasn't main stream popular till the late 1930's. Tiffany, for example, did some Deco stuff early on. You could certainly be right about the roof line for support of the steeple. I should stop and peek inside. Thanks for your posts.

dondi

Note that it has the slotted gothic windows which you identified as deco in the brick church. That's actually a very old convention. Quite a roof on that church, though. I can't help wondering if they didn't build it higher than normal to provide support for the steeple...?

warbler

Thanks Photo. I'll try to get you info on Rapidan from the only store in town when I pass through.

photogent

Very nice picture Warbler. That old church must have some stories to tell.

warbler

Thanks GNT. Thank you Chickie.

chickiemama

That is a neat old church warbler.

gnt1041

nice pic

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