First Methodist Church, First Baptist Church
304 S. Race Street
The current First Methodist Church is the third building on the site and was completed in 1927. Designed by local architect Wymer W. Maxwell, it captured the Collegiate Gothic style that became associated with churches of the era. After construction, a local newspaper wrote: “The new edifice is a beautiful, commanding, utilitarian structure.”
202 W. Illinois Street
The First Baptist Church is the oldest church building in the city. It was erected in 1896, and designed by architect Emery Stanford Hall. Hall was an Urbana native who moved to Chicago and had a prominent career, serving as the first secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. It is now the home of the Korean New Life Church.
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