207 Chaplin Street – An African American History Site
City Directories and History: The extremely simple but handsome Gothic Revival church was constructed in 1896.
“The Church of the Atonement, built in 1896, is Carpenter Gothic and serves black Episcopalians in the Walterboro area. The lancet doorway is in the projecting open bell tower. Windows in the frame ture are six over six (6/6) lights with an inset lancet arch. Decorative boards line the front gable.”
Information from: Historic Resources of the Lowcountry, The Lowcountry Council of Government, Cynthia C. Jenkins, Preservation Planner – Published, 1979
This small church is of frame construction, with a high-pitched gable roof and a square tower. Its cornerstone reads “The Atonement Mission, 1896,” The lower portion of the tower and the body of the church are faced with narrow weatherboards. The entrance, in a wide pointed arch, situated at the base of the tower, is shaded by a small gabled hood, with bargeboards and a brace in the angle. The upper portion of the tower has a section which is battered and faced with wooden shingles; above that is an open frame work of braced timbers; above that is a small hip roof from which rises the eight-sided cone of the steeple, terminating in a cross. The gable end of the body of the church has bargeboards and a bracketed cornice extends along the sides which are five bays deep. (SCDAH)
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