Charles Hunter Brown

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Charles Hunter Brown (1907 - 1996) was a Charlottesville minister and developer who build many units across the city. [1][dead link]

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Charles Hunter Brown, who went by C.H., was born on February 7, 1907 in Stony Point to Lacy and Martha Brown. He was a farmer in early life who took a job building macadam roads. He felt the calling to be a minister in his late 20's. He was married to Angie Loving. They would have over ten children.

His first purchase was a house on 10 1/2th Street that he remodeled and added a three-room apartment. He became a licensed contractor in the 1950's and proceeded to build many structures across the city. One of them was the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. He had a partnership with E.R. Martin that resulted in him owning several acres of land on 12th Street.

In 1960, he became pastor of the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. Two of his sons, Ralph Brown and Nehemiah Brown would follow him as faith leaders. [1] Brown also served as pastor of Massey Memorial Church in Waynesboro. He became superintendent of the Charlottesville District of Holy Temple Church of God.

The Virginia General Assembly passed a joint resolution commemorating Brown's life in 1998. [2]

He died on January 17, 1996. [2]

Architectural Legacy

In all, Brown constructed over 150 structures in Charlottesville in the mid-20th century. He often used concrete blocks because of their relative affordability as a building material. [3]

Centennial Ceremony



  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Our History, Website, C.H. Brown Christian Center, Charlottesville Virginia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. [ HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 408 On the death of the Reverend Charles Hunter Brown.], Resolution, Virginia General Assembly, retrieved December 26, 2020.
  3. Web. [ 10th and Page Neighborhood Reconnaissance Architectural History Survey], Erin Que, Report, 106 Group, June 2020, retrieved December 26, 2020.

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