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Otterbein United Methodist

 Church

Otterbein Methodist, façade

Otterbein Methodist, façade

Otterbein Methodist, window

Otterbein Methodist, window

Otterbein United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg is a late or second Gothic Revival church completed in 1918 by a local architect, Howard D. Whitmore.  The church features Maryland granite in the south, east, and west walls, with native limestone on the north rear wall.  The façade resembles many late English Gothic parish churches because of the two crenellated towers, large stained glass windows with Perpendicular style wooden tracery, and gabled wooden timber porch roof over the doorway. This main portal may be inspired by the side portal typical of English Gothic parish churches. The interior plan is rectangular with simple semi-circular design of pews with two aisles leading to a shallow chancel and altar.  The roof features some exposed wood beams, but these are more decorative than structural. The stained glass is painted instead of colored glass, and was purchased from C. Day Rody Company. The large south facing window displays a scene of shepherds experiencing a vision. The figures and landscape are framed by ogee arches.

Philip S. Tickle