10 North Church Street – Christ Episcopal Church
City Directories and History: Historically, Christ Episcopal Church is Greenville’s oldest organized religious body (1820) as well as the city’s oldest church building (1852-1854). It has traditionally been recognized as an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. Each addition has been in keeping with its style and original plan for a cruciform building. A magnificent stained glass window by Mayer of Germany is a memorial to Ellison Capers, rector of Christ Church (1866-88), bishop of the Diocese of
South Carolina (1893-1908), and Confederate brigadier general. In the churchyard surrounding the building are buried former governor of South Carolina Benjamin Franklin Perry, several Greenville mayors, many Confederate war dead, and the first Greenville man lost in World War I. Also interred here are the parents and son of the first
Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Vardry McBee, the “Father of Greenville,” and many other church and civic leaders. The Reverend John DeWitt McCollough is the credited architect. Listed in the National Register May 6, 1971. (Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
R&R Note: The Rev. John D. McCollough was a prolific designer and helped build some eighteen churches across the Carolinas, most in in the Gothic or Carpenter Gothic styles of architecture. Importantly, the firm of Willis and Dudley of N.Y. was also involved in the procurement of windows and furniture for the new church. See PDF this page and the link to Nativity Episcopal for further details.
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