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Churches worth seeing, VII

June 22, 2013

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St. Mary’s Chapel, St. Mary’s School : Raleigh, N.C.
(Diocese of North Carolina)

Designed by architect Richard Upjohn and built in 1855, the chapel is a perfect example of the Carpenter Gothic churches that dot the landscape of American Anglicanism. Many such churches were either designed individually by Upjohn or built from designs included in his book, Upjohn’s Rural Architecture: Designs, working drawings and specifications for a wooden church, and other rural structures, published in 1852.

St. Mary’s Chapel was built to serve the worshipping needs of St. Mary’s School (until 1998, St. Mary’s College), the historic Episcopal girls’ school in Raleigh, founded in 1842, and it has served its original purpose ever since.

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Dressed for a wedding.

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