First United Methodist illuminates the early work of one of American modernism's greatest apostles. Joseph Hudnut briefly headed the architecture school at the University of Virginia, before assuming academic posts at Columbia and then Harvard. As dean at Harvard, he brought Walter Gropius to this country; the rest is history. But before his conversion to modernism, Hudnut was a competent academic architect who drew upon James Gibbs, as shown in this masterful composition, which hugs the street corner with its broad flight of steps.
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