First United Methodist Church

Building Description

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The following text appeared in the program when our building was dedicated in September 1927:

Our building is of Gothic Architecture, the style of architecture used in the famous churches of the Old World for hundreds of years. The entire exterior walls are of Bedford limestone and the roof is of red clay tile. The main entrance to the building is through the tower, which is one hundred and two feet high. There are also four minor entrances, making all parts of the building easily accessible. The first floor, or basement, has two large assembly rooms and nine class rooms. At one end of the larger assembly room is a stage, complete with footlights and dressing rooms, making an ideal room for entertainments and lectures. On this floor also is a completely equipped kitchen so arranged in connection with the above assembly rooms that approximately six hundred people may be served at one time. Furnace room, fan rooms, coal room, toilets, and furniture storage are also provided on this floor. Connecting the two main entrances is a lobby which opens into the Sunday School or recreational wing, also into the auditorium. This lobby and the stair halls from first floor to top floor are of fireproof construction, stairs and floors being terrazzo. The auditorium is rectangular in shape and has exposed trusses at the ceiling. The floor is of cork. Directly behind the pulpit is the choir loft with the choir room to the left. On either side above are the organ chambers. The church offices and the ladies’ parlor are reached through a wide hall leading from the main entrance. The offices consist of a reception room and a pastor's study with fireplace, closets, and bookcases. The spacious ladies’ parlor, finished in silver gray woodwork, ivory ceiling, and light tan walls, is further beautified by a large stone fireplace. Also on this floor are the Beginners and Primary Departments, consisting of two large assembly rooms and five class rooms. On the upper floor are the balcony of the auditorium, seven class rooms, secretary’s office, gymnasium and shower rooms. All class rooms throughout the building are equipped with blackboards.        The heating system is a combination of steam and fan system of warm air. This system is so arranged that it will heat the building in cold weather and cool it in hot weather.