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Monroe Arts Center (First Methodist Church)

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1869–1887, Edward Townsend Mix. 1315 11th St.

Dramatic wheel windows distinguish the Gothic Revival design of this church. On the facade the window’s tracery spirals out from a central star, and the frame around the window combines circular and pointed-arch forms to create a teardrop shape. Pointed-arched hood moldings above the wheel windows in the tower repeat the motif. Gothic Revival churches were supposed to reach toward the heavens, and that ideal is beautifully expressed in this church. Each element of the design contributes to that goal, from the tower’s soaring steeple with its gabled openings, the buttresses extending above the roofline, the arched corbel tables along the eaves, to the lancet arches of the windows and doors. This handsome building, now an arts center, is the work of one of Wisconsin’s most prominent architects of the mid-nineteenth century.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Monroe Arts Center (First Methodist Church)", [Monroe, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 424-425.

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