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Ecclesiastical Mannington

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Mannington's churches are scattered throughout town. The yellow brick First United Methodist Church (1898, Franzheim, Giesey and Faris) stands opposite the Public School at 118 Clarksburg Street. Projecting bays, buttresses, steep gables, and towers with short pyramidal spires provide a Gothic flavor to the buffcolored brick building. St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (1909, northwest corner of Furbee Ave. and Locust Street), is a miniature basilica constructed of quarry-faced sandstone and covered with a bright red tile roof. Its facade is flanked with twin towers capped with octagonal, domed cupolas. This arrangement, but not the details, recalls the much larger St. Patrick's Church in Weston ( LW11). First United Presbyterian Church (1903, east corner of Pleasant and Locust streets) is scaled similarly to the Methodist Church but is executed in dark mauve sandstone. To its side, on axis with Locust Street, a wonderfully maintained pedestrian suspension bridge crosses Buffalo Creek, leading back to downtown. Representing a type of structure once found throughout West Virginia, especially in rural areas, the bridge is a fine example of a fast-disappearing species.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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