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Travis Park United Methodist Church

("The Methodist Church", 1846; Paine Church, 1852-83)

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, April 20, 2019
1. Travis Park United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  Founded by the Rev. John Wesley DeVilbiss (1818-83), missionary to Republic of Texas, who in 1844 preached first Protestant sermon ever heard in San Antonio and in June 1846 organized his congregation in the courthouse. Villagers called him "the little priest that owns the bell", as he rang calls to worship from vacant lot bought for church site. In 1847 he helped Presbyterians build their adobe church on Commerce Street and afterward preached there. The earliest Methodist building was a chapel erected in 1852 on Soledad Street and named for Bishop Paine. Cultural life of the city was enriched in 1859 when San Antonio Female College, later the University of San Antonio, opened in Paine Chapel. This institution was to merge with others nearly a century later to form Trinity University (1942). The Travis Park edifice was begun in pastorate of Dr. W. J. Young (1882) with S. C. Bennett, Francis Crider, G. H. Johnston, James T. Thornton, W. L. Thompson, and William Votaw on building committee. Additions (1901, 1910, 1922, 1941) modified the Romanesque Revival architecture. A 1955 fire prompted major remodeling. Memorial windows depict the congregation's
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By Brian Anderson, April 20, 2019
2. Travis Park United Methodist Church
history. Pastors have included many noted men, five having been elected bishops.
 
Erected 1973 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5553.)
 
Location. 29° 25.646′ N, 98° 29.394′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of Navarro Street and East Travis Street, on the left when traveling north on Navarro Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 East Travis Street, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Majestic Theatre (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Military Headquarters (about 500 feet away); Saint Mark's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Old St. Mary's College (about 600 feet away); Site of the Home of Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig Herff (about 700 feet away); Houston Street (about 800 feet away); Site of Old Saint Mary's (about 800 feet away); Travis Street Crossing (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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