Christ Episcopal Church

Benjamin Henry Latrobe or Robert Alexander

The front facade--set back from the street

This nineteenth century church, the oldest Gothic Revival structure in Washington, has been traditionally attributed to Latrobe. Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee explain that the church was actually designed by "Robert Alexander, a member of the vestry, a builder, and Latrobe's chief contractor for the Navy Yard" (263). They add it has a "Latrobian simplicity" in its form. Over the years there have been various alterations and extensions, including, for example, a stucco resurfacing over the original brick. The bell tower, with its small corner towers, is the dominant exterior feature.

Work Cited: Pamela Scott and Antoinette Lee. Buildings of the District of Columbia. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

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