First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 2003
First United Methodist Church
Methodist church--Southern States
The First United Methodist Church (UMC) of Orlando, located at 142 East Jackson Street in Downtown Orlando, Florida, in 2003. In 1859, Methodist circuit riders began conducting services in Orlando. Originally called the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS), the congregation was formally organized in 1880 by Reverend Thurlow Bishop. In 1881, the congregation purchased the lot at the southwest corner of Magnolia Avenue and Jackson Street and constructed a church there. In 1895, the present sanctuary was built with a larger wood frame and a bell tower. The current church building was constructed in 1913 in Greek Classical Revival style with yellow brick. The building cost $50,000. The sanctuary was remodeled in 1942 and the church built several additional buildings throughout the years: Wesley Hall in 1922, Ashbury Hall in 1949, and the Ledbetter Building in 1956. The congregation was renamed the First United Methodist Church of Orlando in the 1960s.
Original color image by Thomas Cook, 2003: Private Collection of Thomas Cook.
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First United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida
Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Orlando, Florida
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"Our History." First United Methodist Church of Orlando. http://firstchurchorlando.org/about/our-history/.
Herr, Vivian M. Rivers of Living Water: A History of First United Methodist Church, Orlando, Florida: with a Short Overview of Methodist Beginnings in England and America. Orlando, Fla. (142 E. Jackson St., Orlando 32801): First United Methodist Church, 1984.
Ortmayer, Roger. An House Unto My Name: The Architecture and Art of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, Florida. Orlando, Fla. (142 E. Jackson St., Orlando 32801): The Church, 1980.
Rajtar, Steve. A Guide to Historic Orlando. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.
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