Mt. Zion Christian Church, US 421 Big Hill Road, Richmond, Kentucky

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Mt. Zion Christian Church

Address: US 421 S
Richmond, Kentucky
Madison County, Kentucky
State/province: Kentucky
Country: United States
Year built: 1852
Primary Style: Greek Revival
Historic Function: Religious/Place of worship
Historic Function: Church, Hospital
Other Historic Function: Church, Hospital
Current Function: Religious/Place of worship
Current Function: Church
Other Current Function: Church
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick

Richmond Madison County

Mt. Zion Christian Church, US 421 Big Hill Road, Richmond, Kentucky
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National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 88003318
Primary Style: Greek Revival

Architecturally, Mt. Zion is an outstanding early rural church, exhibiting elements of the Greek Revival style and utilizing the distinctive double entrances popular in antebellum church architecture in the Bluegrass. Greek Revival styling is especially noted in the details of the gable end with unusual double-stretcher Flemish bond brickwork and brick pilasters that support a denticulated entablature. The entablature and the raking cornice produce a pedimented facade. Around the two double-leaf doors are shouldered architraves, and jack arches are above the windows on the side facades. Inside Mt. Zion Church a small narthex separates the entrance and the sanctuary. The original divided pews of wide poplar boards and original pulpit pieces remain part of the interior furnishings.



During the Civil War Battle of Richmond the church served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. The building stood directly between the Union and Confederate armies and was subsequently struck by cannon balls, the indentions of which are still visible on the south walls. Many Civil War soldiers are buried nearby.

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