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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.

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Author: 
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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-WD9.2.

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