With the increase of winter visitors to Florida in the late 1800s, the Crescent City, Florida area decided they needed a church. So the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter was built and services first held in early 1878. The design is considered Carpenter Gothic, developed by Richard Upjohn, a British born architect who also lived in New York. This architectural style was modeled on the Gothic architecture of the Anglican churches and allowed skilled local carpenters to help poorer or more rural parishes to design affordable, but attractive places to worship. Many of these Carpenter Gothic churches in Florida were built along the St. Johns River, which was a major travel route for early travelers.
Florida’s McIntosh Christian Church was built in 1903 and is mostly original, including the stained glass and pews. Another interesting feature is the open bell tower where the bell still rings before the weekly service each Sunday morning.
Weirsdale Presbyterian Church was founded in 1891 in central Florida. The church building construction began in the 1880s by Episcopalians who sold the unfinished church to newly arriving Presbyterians.
First Presbyterian Church is located near Crescent Lake in Crescent City, Florida. It was built in 1888 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the town’s historic district.
Ocoee Christian Church near Orlando was added to the National Register of Historic Places 20 years ago. The church was built in 1891 and is the oldest Florida church serving the Disciples of Christ denomination. The architectural style is Late Gothic Revival and I was able to grab a few photos just before sunset one afternoon.
It’s believed that the Presbyterian Church of Upsala got its name from the Upsala University located in Stockholm, Sweden. The building was constructed in 1892 by Swedish immigrants who settled in the area a little north of Orlando.
This restored church now serves as the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center in Alachua County, Florida. It originally served as an African-American church, having been built in 1907.