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First United Methodist Church.  UTM:  17 514258E 3898018N The Gothic Revival style First United Methodist Church, designed by Memphis architect Edwin Brewer Phillips, held its first service in this building in 1928.  Legendary tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke played a major role in bringing about the construction of this imposing house of worship.  Duke, whose money created Duke University, contributed $100,000 to the building fund.  As he told a prominent local Methodist, "You know, I'm going to spend a great deal of time in Charlotte.  I think I ought to do something for Charlotte Methodism."  Trinity Methodist Church and Tryon Street Methodist Church united to form First United Methodist Church, so the new, larger sanctuary could be erected.  It is not surprising that the design of the structure resembles that found on the West Campus of Duke University.




The Statue of James B. Duke at Duke University with the Gothic Revival style Duke Chapel behind


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