Church In Rhea County Nominated For National Register Of Historic Places: Vote To Be Held Sept. 16

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The First Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church (Trinity Chapel) in Rhea County, 240 1st Ave. in Dayton, is one of the nominations to the National Register of Historic Places that will be voted on by the Tennessee State Review Board at a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. 

The church is common bond brick construction and was constructed in a simplified Gothic Revival style in 1887. It is constructed of handmade bricks with a painted limestone foundation, Gothic arches, original stained-glass windows, octagonal tower and front-gabled asphalt shingle roof. A rear addition for classrooms was added ca. 1935, also in the common bond pattern with a painted concrete block foundation.

The meeting will be held via WebEx. Information on attending the meeting remotely can be obtained by visiting the National Register webpage the morning of the Sept. 16 meeting.

The Board will vote on six nominations from across the state:

Millennium Manor – Blount County;
First Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church (Trinity Chapel) – Rhea County;
Kingsport Hosiery Mill – Sullivan County;
Johnson City Postal Savings Bank and Post Office – Washington County;  
Mount Olive Cemetery – Montgomery County; and
Hughes House – Wayne County.

Copies of draft nominations to be examined at the meeting can be found on the National Register webpage.

Those nominations that are found to meet the criteria will be sent for final approval to the National Register of Historic Places in the Department of the Interior.

The Tennessee State Review Board is composed of 13 members with backgrounds in American history, architecture, archaeology or related fields. It also includes members representing the public.

The National Register program was authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The public is invited to attend the WebEx meeting.

For more information about the National Register meeting, contact Rebecca Schmitt at Rebecca.schmitt@tn.gov . Visit http://tnhistoricalcommission.org to find out more about their programs.


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