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Asbury United Methodist Church

Asbury Methodist, façade

Asbury Methodist, façade

Asbury Methodist, window

Asbury Methodist, window

Asbury United Methodist Church is a Late Gothic Revival Church, designed in 1911 by Richmond architect Charles M. Robinson. He also built numerous schools and colleges in Virginia, including the buildings on the original quadrangle at James Madison University. The church is situated on a corner lot, and has identical double facades on the north and east faces. Dark brown Hummel stone blocks frame large pointed arched stained-glass windows with spiky interlaced tracery. There is a ninety-foot tower at the northeast corner and two smaller secondary towers, each with crenellations and surmounted by green pinnacles. The arcades across the front and side of the building are designed with the slightly pointed gothic arches.  The stepped lancet windows in the towers also use the Gothic pointed arch. Stained glass windows in the lunettes of the entrance portals display teardrop and dagger tracery derived from later French or English Gothic designs.  The large areas of stained-glass windows dominate the interior sanctuary of the church. The windows are Tiffany-style, but were produced by Payne Studios in New Jersey.

Rachel Barnett