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First Baptist Church of Texas City

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1968, Joseph A. Hoover and Robert E. Morgan. 1400 9th Ave. N
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

A startlingly white, radial roof, which curves up to a slender central mast, dominates the First Baptist Church, its buff brick and concrete walls receding beneath umbrella-like eaves. Rejecting conventional religious building typologies, Hoover relied on a contrast between the bold, curved plane of the roof and the low, horizontal band of shade beneath it to imply a sense of centrality and shelter in the broad, open, suburban landscape of 9th Avenue North, the mid-twentieth century replacement for “old” Texas City.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "First Baptist Church of Texas City", [Texas City, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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