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First United Methodist Church

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1923–1924, Joseph Hudnut. 101 E. Jefferson St. (northeast corner of 1st St.)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)
  • First United Methodist Church (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)

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.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "First United Methodist Church", [Charlottesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 147-147.

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