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Dividing Creek Baptist Church
Dividing Creek, Cumberland County


Many of the elements of the grand stone Methodist and Baptist churches of the 1880s can be found in this smaller wood-frame rendition. The corner tower, with its two Gothic arch openings in the belfry, the pinnacles at each corner and the slope of the steeple might be found on many stone buildings—courthouses and churches—from this era. Note the variety in the shapes of the windows, the overhang at the top of the gable end of the building, and the occasional placement of the false buttresses. It seems to me that compliance with ADA requirements does not necessitate erection of an entrance ramp in such a prominent location, but then, nothing else about this church seems to evidence any sense of design, either.



Copyright (c) 2003 Frank L. Greenagel