History & Architecture

First United Methodist Church at 11th & Boulder is the third church building for the First Methodist congregation. Founded in 1886, First Methodist quickly outgrew two buildings, and moved to the current building in 1921, with the building being completed in 1928.
From the massive nine-story exterior to the intricate details of the church art and symbolism, we are reminded of the majesty of God and the good news of Jesus Christ. The basic shape of the church building is the historic cruciform, the shape of the cross, signifying that the church is founded upon the cross of Christ. It is built in the perpendicular Tudor Gothic style, characterized by vertical pointed arches and vaulted roofs and spires to draw the attention upward toward God.