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

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1901, J. E. Flanders. 315 N. Church St.

The signature features of Flanders’s blend of Gothic and Prairie styles are present in this red brick building. The gabled ends and pointed-arched windows of the Akron-plan church are bracketed by towers with flared eaves. The typically dominant corner tower was destroyed by wind in 1954. Its shorter replacement unbalances the composition. The freestanding tower to the south does not replicate the missing tower.

On the next block at 205 N. Church, the picturesque one-and-a-half-story pattern-book Crouch-Perkins House (1887) has an octagonal tower and a porch with typical East-lake woodwork, turned posts, and plenty of spindles. The jerkinhead cross-gables on the house’s sides have bands of fish scale shingles in contrasting colors. A small keyhole window is at the base of the tower.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "First United Methodist Church (First Methodist Episcopal Church, South)", [McKinney, 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, 119-119.

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