First Unitarian Church (Wheeling, West Virginia)

First Unitarian Church (Wheeling, West Virginia)

The First Unitarian Church in Wheeling, West Virginia, was established in 1907. The church building was dedicated on October 25, 1914. Dr. Samuel A. Eliot, president of the American Unitarian Association, preached the dedicatory sermon. The architect was Edward Bates Franzheim, a noted Wheeling architect. The church had seating for 120 with room for 30 additional folding chairs. There was an alcove for a small organ or piano. The choir sat behind the pulpit. Most of the light came from a skylight. The building was set off from the street by an ornamental court and fence. The congregation is last listed in the Unitarian Year Book for 1932/33.

For more information, see Christian Register, Nov. 5, 1914, p. 1078f. The library also has correspondence between Eliot (who thought the building looked like a theater) and Franzheim in bMS 496/45 (7) and (8). [Photo: bMS 15001/10]

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