United Methodist Church
Location: 8 North Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510.
Designed by famed local architect Solon Spencer Beman
Romanesque Revival style.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The United Methodist Church of Batavia is a historical church in Batavia.
Funds for the church were donated by Rev. E. H. Gammon and Cpt. Don Carlos Newton in 1887,
to replace the First Methodist Church of Batavia.
The First Methodist Church of Batavia served the Methodist congregation in Batavia, Illinois from 1852 to 1887. The Greek Revival structure was built of locally quarried limestone. In 1854, Reverend E. H. Gammon was named the first minister. Gammon later accumulated much wealth in agricultural machinery and offered funds for the construction of a newer church. He and industrialist Cpt. Don Carlos Newton donated a large sum of money to erect a new Methodist church in Batavia. Upon the completion of the new United Methodist Church of Batavia, the original church building was sold to the Batavia Community School District. The old building was re-purposed as the McWayne School Annex and it was used as a school. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
The United Methodist Church was completed in 1887.
Newton had recently visited southern France and was intrigued by the local French Romanesque Revival style. He recommended this style to prominent local architect Solon Spencer Beman, who was commissioned to design the building. The exterior of the building was primarily constructed with local boulders, mostly from I. S. Stephens’ Mill Creek Farm. Stephens also worked as the building’s contractor. Limestone details were carefully crafted to provide contrast to the more erratic pattern of the boulders
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