National Register of Historic Places in Mendocino County

National Register #90001366: Saint Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church in Point Arena 28 February 2018
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National Register #90001366
Saint Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church
40 School Street
Point Arena
Built 1907

The following paragraph is quoted verbatim from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1990.

"St. Paul's Methodist Church is Point Arena's only religious building constructed within the town itself more than fifty years ago. It thus provides the clearest remaining link to the town's long history of organized religion. The Methodists founded the town's first congregation in 1867 and erected its first church on this site in 1874. This building served Point Arenans until 1906, when it and the neighboring public school burned during the great earthquake. The congregation began work on a replacement by the end of the year. Although larger than its predecessor, the new building, with its pointed-arched windows and finely detailed central tower, maintained a nineteenth-century appearance. In the words of the Mendocino Beacon in 1908, 'It is a model of convenience and stands as a monument to the self-sacrificing labor of the membership and it is a credit to the town.' Since that time the building has continued not only to meet the religious needs of local parishioners but also to serve as a center for many community activities of a religious or quasi-religious nature. The building meets the registration requirements for its property type."

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