First Methodist Episcopal Church South, currently First United Methodist Church, Pontotoc

R. H. Hunt is attributed as the architect for the First Methodist Episcopal Church South building, constructed in 1910 (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resources Inventory).  Hunt formed his own firm in 1910, and had a secondary office in Jackson.  N. W. Overstreet worked in his office for one summer.  The church is designed in the Romanesque style.

Todd Sanders and Richard Cawthon described the building in the 1993 nomination form for the Pontotoc historic district National Register:

…paneled, double-leaf, fanlit doorways located in the 60 foot tower and in the projecting gable-front bay…

…paired, round arched windows within a larger arch, flanked by single rectangular windows…

…label moldings over the windows and doors…

…lucarne window on each slop of the pyramidal hipped roof of the tower…

The lucarne window is the small, dormer window.

You can read about the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church South here.  The split occurred over the issue of slavery.

Characteristic features of Romanesque churches were rounded arches, massive walls, and large towers.

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2 Responses to First Methodist Episcopal Church South, currently First United Methodist Church, Pontotoc

  1. Beauregard Rippy says:

    Did you ever do a story with pictures about the Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc. It’s about 3 blocks south of the Methodist Church.

  2. Suzassippi says:

    Not yet, Beauregard, but perhaps on my next trip to Pontotoc.

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