Though the church is no longer active, it serves as a reminder of the storied and rich history shared by neighborhoods and their religious ties and beliefs. According to Gibson Worsham, one unique feature of High Street Methodist Church is that their temple-form church in the Gothic style was concealed behind a new asymmetrical Romanesque-style front in 1897.
Thomas Branch and D’Arcy Paul purchased site on High Street
in January 1844 to build the church on this site. The first station preacher
was James D. Coulling, and Presiding Elder of the District was John Early. During
the Civil War, it served as one of several churches to allow temporary burials
of soldiers. The original was a different style and construction that the
additions designed by Major Harrison Waite and later constructed in 1897. The
Romanesque-Revival addition to the front featuring the towers and vestibule.
There are cathedral windows in the space. The notes regarding the construction
show lofty goals by the membership, stating plans to incorporate a pastor’s
study, ladies’ parlor, steward’s room, organ room, reading room, and more. The
planned interiors were to incorporate steel ceilings and wainscoting, among
other architectural elements. The estimate was $8,000 total and the committee
spoke of a debt of at least $3,000 to $4,000. A two-story rear addition, 40’ X
40’, was also constructed around the same period and extended again in 1904. For
numerous years, the church had a prominent presence in the area, offering
Sunday school, regular services, and many local events and activities. In the
1980s, as membership continued to decline, the decision was made by the
congregation to close and sell the property. The current structure serves as a
testament to the service given by those individuals and the importance of
religion in the area.