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Aldersgate United Methodist Church

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1950–1951, Elring G. Dollar for Dollar and Bonner. 1956 enlarged. 1961–1962 sanctuary, Whiteside, Moeckel and Carbonell. 1982 steeple. 1998–2000 addition, William E. Holloway for Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects. 2313 Concord Pike (U.S. 202)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Explosive post–World War II suburbanization in Brandywine Hundred led to the construction of many churches, including the original section of this one in a simplified Colonial Revival mode. The congregation had seventy-six members in 1951 and 1,634 a decade later, when a huge new sanctuary was constructed abutting the highway. Under an A-frame roof are walnut pews and paneling along with cork floors. Designed with soundproofing in mind, the low aisles have walls of brownish-red bricks with strip windows above filled with chunks of colored glass set in thick cement in an abstract pattern. The church can be compared to the contemporaneous St. Albans Episcopal Church at 913 Wilson Road (1958, Victorine and Samuel Homsey) and Hillcrest Bellefonte Methodist Church (1960–1961, W. Ellis Preston) at 400 Hillcrest Avenue, the latter with windows of colored translucent plastics.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Aldersgate United Methodist Church", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 53-53.

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