Travis Park United Methodist Church

Travis Park United Methodist Church (HM2FWU)

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N 29° 25.646', W 98° 29.394'

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("The Methodist Church", 1846; Paine Church, 1852-83)

Founded by the Rev. John Wesley DeVilbiss (1818-83), missionary to Republic of Texas, who in 1844 preached first Protestant sermon ever heard in San Antonio and in June 1846 organized his congregation in the courthouse. Villagers called him "the little priest that owns the bell", as he rang calls to worship from vacant lot bought for church site. In 1847 he helped Presbyterians build their adobe church on Commerce Street and afterward preached there. The earliest Methodist building was a chapel erected in 1852 on Soledad Street and named for Bishop Paine. Cultural life of the city was enriched in 1859 when San Antonio Female College, later the University of San Antonio, opened in Paine Chapel. This institution was to merge with others nearly a century later to form Trinity University (1942). The Travis Park edifice was begun in pastorate of Dr. W. J. Young (1882) with S. C. Bennett, Francis Crider, G. H. Johnston, James T. Thornton, W. L. Thompson, and William Votaw on building committee. Additions (1901, 1910, 1922, 1941) modified the Romanesque Revival architecture. A 1955 fire prompted major remodeling. Memorial windows depict the congregation's history. Pastors have included many noted men, five having been elected bishops.
Year Placed1973
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 549478 N 3255451
Decimal Degrees29.42743333, -98.48990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 25.646', W 98° 29.394'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 25' 38.76" N, 98° 29' 23.64" W
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