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First Baptist Church

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1921–1922, C. W. Bulger and Son. Northeast corner of Wyoming and Court sts.

This brooding, yellow brick building, raised high on a rock-faced English basement, seems to be in a stylistic quandary. An engaged Doric portico fronts the sanctuary, but there is little else classic about the composition. Entrance is to the sides, through flanking vestibules topped with curved parapets. The author of a midtwentieth-century account of Welch, trying to describe the church, could only note that it was “pointed to with pride.” Bulger and Son, from Dallas, Texas, apparently pointed to this design time and again in their home state. A photograph of the First Baptist Church in Forney, Texas, in the 1920 edition of the Baptistsponsored Church and Sunday-School Buildings, shows a virtually identical building, while the caption notes that it “has been recently duplicated at Coolidge, Tex., and Nevada, Tex.” The activities building to the rear of the Welch church dates from 1959–1960.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "First Baptist Church", [Welch, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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