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First Methodist Church

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1902, C. R. Cassidy. 701 E. Goliad Ave.

The congregation, formed in 1839 and one of first in Texas, built a wooden church on this site in 1864. The mildly Gothic Revival replacement, constructed of brown bricks fired on-site, is the oldest church building in Crockett. What appears to be a nave with transepts is actually a modified Akron plan, with radial rather than basilica seating. A three-stage bell tower that includes the church’s entrance is set back from the gabled facade. Windows have pointed arches, but the gables are broad rather than steep, as typical for Gothic Revival, and the one-two-three door and window sequence on the tower’s stages is more Romanesque, as are the small cross gables on the tower. The original stained glass from Czechoslovakia remains in place, as does a 1915 organ.

With their Queen Anne, classical, and foursquare houses, the 900–1200 blocks of E. Goliad Avenue and the 700–900 blocks of E. Houston Avenue remain elite addresses in the city.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

Print Source

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, 37-37.

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