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First United Methodist Church

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1909–1911, George W. Kramer. 1001 Juliana St. (north corner of Juliana and 10th sts.)

The walls of this Neo-Gothic church are formed from ample expanses of quarry-faced Berea, Ohio, sandstone, laid in random, mostly horizontal, patterns. The broad Tudor-arched openings that punctuate the walls are filled with art glass windows from the Rossbach Company of Columbus, Ohio. A battlemented corner tower tries to add a note of verticality amid so much horizontality, but fails to accomplish its mission.

The church, the fifth building the congregation has occupied, contains an 800-seat sanctuary. Despite its size it manages, thanks to the similarly scaled houses around it, to fit quite nicely into an otherwise exclusively residential neighborhood.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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

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