A comparison between this church and St. Paul's reveals the enormous divergence in ecclesiastical taste that occurred at the turn of the twentieth century. Whereas St. Paul's is monochromatic with academic detailing in the latest fashion, this eclectic Victorian GothicRomanesque church is polychromed and inventively detailed, but somewhat old fashioned for the time. Florentine arches with exaggerated voussoirs are used around the exterior, while the checkered patterns of brownstone and granite in the tower and gables are especially vivid. Originally built for the congregation of Central Methodist Church, in its crossin-square plan with corner tower the building closely follows Carpenter and Peebles's design for Epworth United Methodist Church in Norfolk.
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