Religious architecture from the period is marked by one remarkable building. Christ Church was built by a newly formed Episcopal congregation in the late 1870s. Designed by a New York architect named Emlyn Littel, it was the first church in the county to abjure the simple nave plan and incorporate a side entry, chancel, pointed windows, and other Gothic decorative and structural motifs such as exposed wood roof trusses and buttresses. A tower added in the early twentieth century further strengthened the building's ties with the church designs of Richard Upjohn as well as members of the ecclesiological movement in the Anglican communion in the mid-to-late nineteenth century. African Baptist and African Methodist Episcopal congregations were organized during the period.



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