“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Ruby Ruth Fuller Building

Ruby Ruth Fuller Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
1. Ruby Ruth Fuller Building Marker

This building was constructed in 1915 as the new home of Port Arthur's First United Methodist Church, which had organized in 1897. The building was designed by C.W. Ward, and church member Warren McDaniel served as the contractor. A special agreement allowing the church to be built on property belonging to Port Arthur College (now Lamar State College-Port Arthur) provided that the structure would be subject to use by the college any time that it was not used for religious purposes. When First United Methodist Church merged with St. Mark's Methodist Church and moved to another location in 1976, the building was deeded to the college. The structure was officially dedicated as the Ruby Ruth Fuller Educational Building in 1978. Mrs. Fuller taught Sunday School for 42 of the 55 years that she was a member of First United Methodist Church, and is the only person in the history of the church to be named teacher emeritus.

The building's architecture manifests the influences of several styles, including Gothic and Tudor. Dominant features include a brick facade with cast stone detailing, stylized crenellations along the parapets of two
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asymmetrical towers, arched entryways and windows, and opalescent stained glass. The towers flank a wide staircase leading to a dramatic piano nobile, or raised entry.

The Fuller Educational Building continues to serve Lamar State College-Port Arthur as a location for classes and related educational events. The structure serves as a reminder of the concern and foresight of the people of the First United Methodist Church for the future of the college and the greater community of Port Arthur and the surrounding area.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2009
Marker is property of the State of Texas

Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15944.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1915.
Location. 29° 52.742′ N, 93° 55.598′ W. Marker is in Port Arthur, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Lakeshore Drive south of Lake Charles Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Arthur TX 77640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port Arthur College (within shouting distance of this marker); Gates Memorial Library (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Gates Memorial Library
Ruby Ruth Fuller Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
2. Ruby Ruth Fuller Building Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Arthur Edward Stilwell (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lakeshore/Lions Park (about 500 feet away); Vuylsteke House (approx. ¼ mile away); Federated Women's Clubs Of Port Arthur (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clubhouse of the Federated Women’s Clubs of Port Arthur (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Arthur.
More about this marker. The marker is located on the grounds of the Lamar State College - Port Arthur Campus.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 25, 2024