Fredericksburg Baptist Church: This Gothic Revival style church was built in 1855, and is the second largest church building in Fredericksburg. The building suffered extensive damage from artillery during the Civil War, and like many area churches, was used as a Federal field hospital. The building was repaired after the war, and the main building has remained essentially the same ever since. In 1990, the church bought the Victoria Theater on Caroline Street, and expanded the building until now it covers the corner of 2 blocks.
St. George's Episcopal Church: Built in 1849, it's an example of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture popular at the time. George Washington’s family was a member of this congregation, attending services in the original church building erected in the 1730’s. During the Civil War, it was used as a hospital. The central tower and steeple are city landmarks, and the clock in the tower was set in place in 1851 by the City of Fredericksburg, which is still responsible for its maintenance.
Fredericksburg Methodist Church: This building was erected in 1882, and is an example of Victorian Gothic style.
Fredericksburg Court House: Designed by James Renwick in the French Gothic style, and completed in 1852. James Renwick later designed "The Castle" of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. That's a pretty impressive resume. In addition to court business, the building houses the will of George Washington’s mother (she’s a big deal in this town).
Here is my church, The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg. Built in 1833, it's tied for the title of the oldest church in Fredericksburg. It was originally home to the First Christian Church of Fredericksburg, and during its long and varied history, it has served as a field hospital (surprise!), a warehouse, a school, and a bingo hall.
Last, and certainly least, is the monstrosity of a modern building known as the "Executive Plaza," our very own skyscraper. It gets the award for building that detracts the most from Fredericksburg's historic skyline. Most Fredericksburgers would probably vote to tear it down if they could. Clearly it was erected during a period in which the town's Architectural Review Board was smoking a lot of crack. I guess the only unique thing about it is that it never served as a Civil War field hospital.