Peter Taylor Chapel, State Route 8, Vanceburg, Lewis County, KY
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State Route 8, Vanceburg vicinity, KY
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS KY-167
Significance: The Peter Taylor Chapel is a small church of a form traditional to rural areas across the county over a period of two centuries. The simple form with its single room housed under a gable roof with gable end facade is perhaps the most common form for small churches seen in rural communities. The altar is located at the far end of the church, directly opposite the front entrance. The altar is denoted on the exterior by a three-sided bay. Attenuated windows are found along the long sides of the building, emphasizing its ecclesiastical function. The use of decorative corbelling is considered to be unique within the county. Organized by the leading families in this area in 1877 and built in 1878, the church symbolizes the coalescence of a community along this stretch of the Ohio River. The chapel was affiliated historically with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Its construction in 1878 and religious affiliation, as well as its architectural character, reflect both the period of prosperity, which underlay the community's development, and its conservative, Southern orientation, which was true in general of the Ohio River valley in the mid-nineteenth century.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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