Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Washington, DC


Capitol Hill United Methodist Church was constructed in 1965-66 to house several congregations from around the area that merged. The original structure on Seward Square was demolished and interestingly, a chandelier salvaged from building has hung in the Capitol since 1965.


The architecture is restrained and is more representative of 1950s church design with a brick facade and streamlined concrete detailing. Part of this could be the need to keep within the conservative architectural palette of Capitol Hill and the proximity of the Capitol itself. A striking modern design at this prominent intersection would probably have been seen as inappropriate. Still, the belltower does hold a striking focal point over the low-rise neighborhood.





Along the side street runs the facade of the administrative wing with offices and a primary school.


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