First United Methodist Church

Fort Worth, Texas



The First United Methodist Church of  Fort Worth is located at 800 W. 5th Street, just a short walk from the Downtown branch of the Fort Worth Public Library. The building was designed by local architect, Wiley G. Clarkson, who also designed the Masonic Temple and Cooks Childrens Hospital. His drew his inspiration from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The contractor was Harry B. Friedman. They broke ground October 27, 1929 and construction began two days later on the day that the stockmarket crashed. The corner stone was laid October 5, 1930 and on June 14, 1931 they held the first worship in the new sanctuary.

The congregation was established in 1874 in a small, one room, wooden building located at the corner of Fourth and Jones. This building was replaced by a stone structure in 1887 that was designed with one spire. Today, only one wall of the stone building is left standing. The congregation erected a new building at the corner of Seventh and Taylor and moved in 1908. That building was sold to another congregation upon their move and is still in use.

Photo by Lester & Genny Yoder, 1981.


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