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First United Methodist Church (Pittsburg Methodist Episcopal Church, South)

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1905, J. E. Flanders; 1953 addition. 200 Mt. Pleasant St.

This brick church with fine Sullivanesque ornamentation is one of approximately 125 churches in Texas designed by James Edward Flanders. The plan was one of several variants the architect used for his ecclesiastical work, here a square auditorium of Akron-plan radial seating. The principal facade is dominated by a central gable flanked by two bulky, square towers with roofs with pyramidal-shaped spires, bands of terra-cotta ornamentation under the deep eaves, and entrance porches. The taller south tower has similar foliate moldings that frame the louvers and windows. A third tower is on the building’s College Street side. Although the lingering influence of Gothic Revival is evident in the pointed arches of the stained glass windows and buttresses, Flanders integrated these elements into the more progressive Prairie Style. Between 1900 and 1910, Flanders designed several Methodist churches that demonstrated his personalized interpretation of the style, and he was one of the first architects in Texas to employ it.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



Gerald Moorhead et al., "First United Methodist Church (Pittsburg Methodist Episcopal Church, South)", [Pittsburg, 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, 112-112.

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