May 2013

Gothic revival in the South

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Alabama's Church of the Nativity is blessed with new copper roof systems

by Chrystine Elle Hanus
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The Church of the Nativity, Episcopal, has an extensive history in Huntsville, Ala. When its congregation organized in December 1842, the church's name was chosen because of the approaching Christmas season. After being admitted to The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, the parish was officially recognized in May 1843.

Photos courtesy of Doug Brewster, Brewster Commercial Photography, Huntsville, Ala.

Side view of the main sanctuary

In 1845, a plot of land was purchased and construction of a church building began. In 1847, the first mass was held in the original brick building. A second building was later constructed alongside the first building to accommodate 500 people and currently is the church's...

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