St. John's
Art & Culture

St. John’s Episcopal Church: 134 North Broad Street


This Tudor – Gothic Revival style church was built in 1848 for the Episcopal congregation by Daniel Sifford. The design was inspired by St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England.

The cornerstone was laid in 1847. The foundation was made from local sandstone, hand-molded bricks from local red clay were used for the walls, and black walnut wood, that was cut nearby, was used for the beamed ceilings, pews, and altar.

Features include crenelated octagonal towers, quatre-foil design, arched windows, Tudor arch doorway and perpendicular windows. The church is especially noted for its Tudor-styled, vaulted ceiling with a motif of white roses on a red field signifying the union of the House of York with the House of Lancaster at the conclusion of the War of the Roses in England. The windows include the ancient sign of Christianity.

The garden at St. John’s features herbs and plants which grow in the Holy Land and are documented in the Bible.

In 1951 a bronze-forged cross was placed between the two towers.

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