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Thompson Memorial United Methodist Church

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1913–1915, Fulton and Butler. Northwest corner of Ohio and S. Broadway sts.

A big, brooding, dark brownstone mass in an English Gothic style, this is the largest of several churches on the island and one of many West Virginia churches designed by the prolific Uniontown, Pennsylvania, architect J. Charles Fulton. Manufacturers Record provided a capsule description when the church was under construction and made it sound more impressive than it turned out to be: “93 × 137 ft., tower over 100 ft. high, auditorium to seat 550, balcony to seat 250.” The tower, shorter than the promised 100 feet, is part of the problem. Instead of presiding over the corner, it tries to hide behind the sanctuary's side elevation, barely rising above the roof. Octagonal turrets that rise above a steep gable containing a large arched window flank the main entrance on South Broadway. The massive hipped and gable roof is covered in green tile.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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