Sunday, January 18, 2015

Downtown Hollister Historic District: 501 Monterey Street


The red brick Hollister United Methodist Church is another contributing historic building to the Downtown Hollister Historic District, standing at the district's western perimeter. The National Register of Historic Places registration form lists the building as being built around 1880. The brick church was actually built in 1910. It was the second building for the then Methodist Episcopal Church (South). The original church was a wooden structure built in 1872. The original sanctuary is used today as the congregation's social hall.

The architecture style of the two-story church is Late Gothic Revival. Everything about the church's facade is picturesque and romantic, from its pointed spires and square towers to its rounded roof,  inviting porch, and multi-paneled windows with pointed arches.


In 2012, the Hollister United Methodist Church celebrated its 150 anniversary. To read a bit about its history, click here.  If you'd like to see photos of the church's beautiful stained glass windows, click here.

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16 comments:

  1. That church truly is beautiful.
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    Traci

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  2. This makes me chuckle...having a teenage daughter I thought for sure Hollister was a beach town. Just shows how corporate America can counterfeit an idea.

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  3. Love that last capture Susie - wonderful colours and skyline. (Thank you for visiting my blog)

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    1. Thanks, Valerie. When I see the spires as night falls, I sometimes think I'm in another place.

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  4. I was raised as a Methodist. That's quite a lovely, large church. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It is one of the larger churches in town and the county. I never realized that until you mentioned that it was large.

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  5. What a great church. It looks so stately and is so big!

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    1. Once upon a time, ivy grew on the face of the building for many years. As a kid, it made me think of fairy tales. Turned out that the ivy started its journey on Westminster Abbey.

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  6. Would you happen to know who the architect was who designed this current church?

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  7. Sorry, I can't help you. Try contacting the San Benito County Historical Society or the church itself. Best of luck.

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