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First United Methodist Church

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1897. 320 N. 15th St.

This Gothic Revival design is anchored by a five-stage corner tower, rising to a tall steeple. The church’s east and north facades are almost identical, with steep gables and large pointed-arched windows with stone tracery. Towers of varying heights anchor each outer corner and are linked to the main tower by pointed-arched arcades forming entrances facing each street. The rock-faced stone finish of walls and buttresses contrasts with smooth-finished arches, window tracery, and copings. An earlier church on this site in 1871 hosted the state Democratic convention that laid plans to free Texas from Reconstruction rule.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 81-81.

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