Church Street United Methodist Church
A Knoxville landmark, Church Street United Methodist opened in 1931, replacing a previous Gothic structure that had been located on Church Street between Walnut and Market Streets and destroyed by a fire two years prior. The congregation hired New York architect John Russell Pope to design their new church. Pope's previous work included buildings on the campus of Yale University as well as several other churches for large congregations in major cities. The building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009, both for its architecture and its stained glass--commissioned by the same firm that created the stained glass windows of St. Patrick's Cathedral and several other prominent churches in New York.
Backstory and Context
In February 1928, a fire destroyed the building on Church Street, leading to plans to create this structure on nearby Henley Street. In the three years prior to the completion of this church, the congregation met at the Lyric Theater while Sunday School was held at the downtown YMCA.