• South Carolina
  • About
  • Contact Us
Church of the Cross

Church of the Cross – Bluffton, South Carolina


South Carolina  |  SC Picture Project  |  Beaufort County Photos  |  Church of the Cross

The Church of the Cross in Bluffton has been sitting atop May River bluff for 150 years. The church was consecrated in July 1857. Spared by Federal troops during the Civil War – who burned much of Bluffton in 1863 – it was damaged by a deadly hurricane in 1898. The repairs were completed in February 1900.

Mike Stroud of Bluffton, 2005 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church of unfinished cypress was designed by noted Charleston architect E.B. White, known for designing several prominent Charleston buildings such as Market Hall and the French Huguenot Church.

Church of the Cross SC

Peter Donahue of Arlington Heights, IL, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Today, the Church of the Cross holds regular services on two church campuses: here and in a modern building at 495 Buckwalter Parkway. The church participates in Bluffton events, such as the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival.

The Church of the Cross is listed in the National Register, which says the following:

The Church of the Cross, ca. 1857, is significant architecturally as a design of Edward Brickell White. White (1806-1882), a prolific engineer and architect of the mid-nineteenth century, was proficient in a wide range of styles: Classic, Renaissance, and Gothic Revival. White designed numerous churches, schools, office buildings and commercial structures in South Carolina. The cruciform shaped Church of the Cross, completed in 1857, is one of his Gothic Revival designs, but differs from the stuccoed, more formal churches of Charleston and Columbia.

The Carpenter Gothic style with board and batten exterior and interior open timbered roof is in keeping with the church’s scenic, rural setting. The architect’s choice of material, unfinished cypress, and his use of proportion and design, confirm his sensitivity to the character of the small church. Located on a bluff overlooking the May River, the church is surrounded by live oak and palmetto trees. In 1960 a parish house, which is included in the area nominated, was built in a style compatible with the church, using cruciform plan, pointed arch windows and doors, and weathered cypress siding.

Church of the Cross Info


Address: 110 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, SC 29910
Website: http://thechurchofthecross.net/

Church of the Cross Map



Church of the Cross – Add Info and More Photos


The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Church of the Cross, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


One Comment about Church of the Cross

LittleNo Gravatar says:
April 28th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Are services ever performed in the church?

Comments






MOST POPULAR

SC Gifts
SC Newsletter

SC Hotels
Charleston Hotels
Columbia Hotels
Greenville Hotels

SC Real Estate
Charleston Real Estate
Columbia Real Estate
Greenville Real Estate

SC Jobs
Charleston Jobs
Columbia Jobs
Greenville Jobs

ALL CATEGORIES