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Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church and Asbury House
2-10, Mt. Vernon Place, E, Baltimore, Baltimore City
Designed in the Norman-Gothic style by Thomas Dixon, a Baltimore architect, Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church was completed in 1872 and stands on the northeast corner of Charles Street in Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore. Blocks of a unique metabasalt, a green-toned Maryland fieldstone, were used for the solid wall surfaces; “true stone” rather than veneer. Windows, entrances, building edges, and corners are done in brownstone, as is most of the ornamentation. Aisle roofs slope gradually to a strip of clerestory above which rises to a sharply peaked roof. This lofty impression is re-emphasized by three spires. The vertical lines of the largest spire on the southwest corner of the church echo the lines of the tall columnar Washington Monument in the center of the square. This largest spire, and a smaller one on the southeast corner, frame the south and primary façade. Broad stairs lead to the triple entrance crowned by a free-standing, glassless, three-point "comb" of Gothic tracery. Above and behind the "comb," a large rose window ornaments the wall, recessed within a large pointed arch of brownstone which serves as a frame for both window and "comb." The western wall as a street façade adjoins the great spire and runs north in a series of pointed arch windows separated by thin buttresses. These are applied to the west wall and taper at a sharp angle toward an entablature below the aisle roof. Contained in its frieze are a number of distinct and individual faces, one of which is recognizable as Charles Tireman, a wealthy Baltimore merchant. North of the west wall a smaller spire abuts the crossing. The west wall simulates the principal façade, having a similar brownstone relieving arch enclosing a rather large rose window. The sharply peaked crossing roof is lower than that of the nave. The interior is noted for its iron columns, carved wooden beams, and stained glass Connick cross over the pulpit.
The Mt. Vernon Place U.M. Church is the fourth home of a group from a congregation which officially organized the Methodist Episcopal church in the United States. It has always been deeply involved in the business, professional, and civic life of Baltimore as well as a link with the most important figure in historic American Methodism, Francis Asbury. Its preservation as a contemporary influence is vital to the heart of Baltimore where it stands as one of the four corners of Mount Vernon Place.