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

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1900, Flanders and Skielvig. 503 W. College St.

By 1900, James Edward Flanders had designed several churches within a fifty-mile radius of his Dallas office. This picturesque red brick building has a curved entrance portico facing the street intersection that is flanked with major and minor towers. The upper stages of the larger tower dramatically emerge from the brick base, rising with engaged octagonal corner turrets that extend up beside the spire. Classical, Craftsman, and medieval features blend into one of Flanders’s most eclectic designs. Flanders had a brief partnership with Sevrin C. Skielvig, who may have been responsible for the interiors, since they are dissimilar to Flanders’s later work. Terrell businessman and state senator Robert A. Warren served on the church building committee and later engaged Flanders to design his residence (KR10) on Griffith Avenue.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "First United Methodist Church (First Methodist Episcopal Church, South)", [Terrell, 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, 108-108.

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