Carpenter Gothic was an architectural style and construction technique used to build about 80 Florida churches between 1870 to 1910. The technique took advantage of the abundant timber resources and availability of large numbers of  skilled carpenters and builders in the Florida of that time.

These churches replicated to some degree the gothic features of larger stone and masonry churches in Europe and other parts of the United States.  These features include narrow pointed stained glass windows.

Less than 40 of these churches are still standing.  Here are 5 of them in the Orlando area, all easy to visit in a short day.

ALTAMONTE CHAPEL, Altamonte Springs.  The church was built in 1885 and is a member of the United Church of Christ.

ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Enterprise.  It is on the National Register of Historic places and was built in 1881.

CHRIST CHURCH, Longwood.  The church was built in 1882 and was restored after the 2004 hurricanes did serious damage to it.

CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, Maitland was built in 1880 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

OCOEE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Ocoee.   Built in 1891, it is possibly the oldest member of the Christian Church denomination in the United States.


You might like these

Our Facebook page has more than 103,018 followers who love off the beaten path Florida: towns, tourist attractions, maps, lodging, food, festivals, scenic road trips, day trips, history, culture, nostalgia, and more. 

Take a look. If you enjoy what you see, please give us a like.


Subscribe to our Free Ezine, Florida Heritage Travel

Mike Miller of FloridaBackroadsTravel.com has written 25 books on Florida.  

Click on the cover display to see his Amazon author page.

By Mike Miller, Copyright 2009-2021  Florida-Back-Roads-Travel.com

Privacy Policy

Florida Back Roads Travel is not affiliated with or endorsed by Backroads,
a California-based tour operator which arranges and conducts travel programs
throughout the world.

Exclusive Member of Mediavine Travel