Church Street Methodist Church,
Church Street Methodist Church is loc-
ated at 913 Henley Street in Knoxville, Ten-
nessee, although the church publishes its ad-
dess as "900 Henley at Main." Oddly, the loc-
ation is removed from Church Street; after
the original building burned in 1929, the con-
gregation chose to relocate several blocks
away, but the name remained "Church Street
Methodist Episcopal Church South" despite
The 1930 church was designed by the as-
sociated architects of Barber & McMurry of
Knoxville and the New York office of John
Russell Pope Architects. It is designed in the
Gothic Revival style of architecture, emulat-
ing the early Gothic of Durham Cathedral and
On Labor Day 1940, with his campaign for
a third term beginning, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt was driven past the church en
route to Newfound Gap to dedicate the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. He re-
portedly inquired about the church and re-
marked, "That is the most beautiful church I
have ever seen."
The congregation is affiliated with the Un-
ited Methodist Church.
• The Future of Knoxville’s Past: Historic
and Architectural Resources in Knoxville,
Tennessee. (Knoxville Historic Zoning
Commission, October, 2006), page 24.
• Isenhour, Judith Clayton. Knoxville - A
Pictorial History. (Donning, 1978, 1980.),
pp. 47, 121.
• Church Street Methodist Church website
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