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First Baptist Church

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1951, Wilson, Morris and Crain. 209 E. South St.

The church is a spare, modernist interpretation of Gothic architecture. Soaring verticality is achieved through the pair of tall masonry columns that ascend uninterrupted to the wafer-thin gabled roof at the main west entrance. Vertical emphasis is further accentuated by buttresses and narrow fenestration on the church’s two side walls. The high volume of the nave is anchored by the major cross-axis of the rear chapel, stepping down to the gables that flank the entrance on South Street. Architect and Longview native B. W. Crain was a partner in the Houston firm of Wilson, Morris and Crain prior to and after moving back to Longview in 1948.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "First Baptist Church", [Longview, 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, 91-91.

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