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Washington Street Methodist Church

 
 
Washington Street Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Washington Street Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.
Washington
Street
Methodist
Church

The Congregation
Ministers Here

Left Medallion
United Methodist
Historic Site
No. 139
Center Medallion
National Register of
Historic Places
Washington Street
United Methodist Church
(Building - #70000599)
Right Medallion
American Revolution Bicentennial
Richland County Committee
Landmark 24

 
Location. 34° 0.318′ N, 81° 1.9′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Marion Street near Washington Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Washington Street Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); Site of Columbia Female Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Columbia High School (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church Confederate Veterans Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cecil Herbert Land D.D.
Washington Street Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2012
2. Washington Street Methodist Church Marker
(about 500 feet away); Ordinance of Secession (about 500 feet away); Site of Gibbes House (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Regarding Washington Street Methodist Church. A church was built here between 1803 and 1805; another church, erected 1832, was burned by Union troops in 1865 and reconstructed in 1866 of salvaged brick and clay mortar. Present church dedicated 1875. Bishop Wm. Capers (1790-1855), founder of missions to slaves in S. C., was pastor and is buried here.(The Columbia Sesquicentennial Commission)
National Register of Historic Places:
Washington Street United Methodist Church (added 1970 - - #70000599)
♦ 1401 Washington St. , Columbia
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦ Architectural Style: Gothic
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture, Religion
♦ Period of Significance: 1850-1874
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Religion
♦ Historic Sub-function: Religious Structure
♦ Current Function:
Washington Street Methodist Church above the window text image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2012
3. Washington Street Methodist Church above the window text
Founded 1805
Rebuilt 1872
Religion
♦ Current Sub-function: Religious Structure
Washington Street United Methodist Church is one of Columbia’s four most historic churches. Organized in 1803, the congregation built a frame church that was the first house of worship in Columbia. A brick structure built in 1830s burned in 1865. According to legend, the church was destroyed by Union soldiers looking for First Baptist Church, site of the first meeting of South Carolina secession convention, and were directed here by a Baptist sexton. A small chapel built of brick salvaged from ruins was replaced by the present church that was erected with funds collected throughout the nation. Completed in 1872, the Washington Street Church is a red brick Victorian Gothic church with double-shouldered buttresses and a large arched center entrance with double doors flanked by similar arched entrances. The church features a fully developed tower with a steeple on the left side of the front façade with matching lines extending to the roofline on the right. Both towers are topped with four pinnacles with unusual crown-shaped ornaments, giving the appearance of Islamic influence. Stained glass windows depict life of Christ without using human figures. Listed in the National Register December 18, 1970.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
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By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2010
4. Washington Street Methodist Church
The Education Building of image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2012
5. The Education Building of
Washington Street Methodist Church
Erected A.D. 1928
Pastor Arthur L. Gunter
Washington Street Methodist -The Education Building adjacent image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2012
6. Washington Street Methodist -The Education Building adjacent
Washington Street Methodist Church Spires image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2012
7. Washington Street Methodist Church Spires
 
 
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