The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 298
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
only about 11 churches remained of I1 o that were standing in 1910.72
Included among the fine examples now gone from other cities are the
First Baptist Church, Houston, a Gothic Revival work dating from
about 189o, and St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Fort
Worth, a Venetian Romanesque Revival building erected in 1892.
Many of the best churches that were built, however, remain stand-
ing. Some of them are currently threatened with demolition, while
others have been adapted to different uses, and still others continue
to serve their original functions. One hopes that a rich heritage of
these, as well as the less imposing structures, will be saved. For whether
small wooden-framed or large masonry-walled, houses of worship in
Texas have been vital cultural components. They often were social
centers, serving as places for mundane social intercourse as well as for
worship. The desire to preserve these buildings reflects our pride in
our heritage. We value these buildings not only for their architectural
beauty and their antiquarian interest, but because they embody the
ideals of their communities. In responding to the cultural demands
and religious requirements of particular groups, the designers and
builders of these churches developed architectural statements that
were meaningful to their congregations. In preserving these buildings
we save an important legacy for posterity.
72The survey was conducted by W. Terry Searcy, an architecture student at Texas
Tech University, in connection with his design thesis. A copy is in the possession of the
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