Historic Church Open House
Tour two of our local historic churches - St. John's Episcopal and St. Matthews Lutheran in Downtown Marion, both listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
St. John's Episcopal Church is perhaps one of the finest examples of a Carpenter Gothic church in western North Carolina. The main body of the building was built in 1883 with the entrance into the building through the bell tower on the north side. Originally, the building was rather austere, with a traditional rectilinear door leading into a very plain bell tower. In 1903 a more elaborate bell tower (the one. presently in existence) was built in the same location. A woodcarving of the Last Supper, crafted by Marion woodcarver Steve Duncan, hangs above the entrance door.
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is an excellent example of a late Gothic Revival-inspired vernacular structure. While employing many of the feature s of the Gothic Revival such as lancet windows and buttresses, the building, in its simple form and design, is also a fine representation of local craftsmanship, particularly in terms of its masonry. Completed in 1935, the entire building is constructed of river rock, smooth and yellow in color, brought from the nearby Catawba River.
The interior of each building is spectacular! This is a wonderful opportunity to visit each church and see firsthand the attention to detail that makes them special to the community. For more information about the Very Merry Marion Christmas events follow Facebook Marion Business Association or call 828-652-2215. Free.