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Central Christian Church

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1899, J. E. Flanders. 2611 Wesley St.

This, the first church in James Edward Flanders’s signature Gothic Revival style, punctuates its prominent site with a massive corner tower and hexagonal spire. Two shorter towers with pyramidal roofs at the outer corners of the Akron-plan church bracket gabled wings facing Wesley and Washington streets. The towers and gables work in unison with pointed-arched windows and highly detailed, textured brick masonry to create a balanced composition that also achieves soaring verticality. This is Flanders’s most polychromatic work, using red brick and cream-colored stone. The attached school building in red brick has continuous stone stringcourses that tie together the low-pointed-arched windows and a most unusual pattern of geometrically patterned, inset brickwork. This is the oldest surviving church building in Greenville.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Central Christian Church", [Greenville, 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, 115-115.

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