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Petworth United Methodist Church, Washington, DC

July 8, 2015


Given the density of Washington, DC, it has been difficult to find A-A churches in our nation’s capital. I don’t doubt the existence of Akron-Auditorium church there; I just haven’t been able to find a way into its architectural history. There’s plenty of information on DC architecture: monuments and memorials; the Federal Triangle; the National Cathedral. But information on Washington’s neighborhoods—other than Georgetown—has been hard to find. A rather obtuse google search this evening revealed Petworth Methodist Episcopal (now UMC) church, at 32 Grant Circle.

Designed circa 1909, with ground broken in 1915, Petworth was dedicated the following year. Looking at it from the air, it’s obvious what an ideal situation DC is for polygonal building—a type very common in the A-A. L’Enfant’s plan provides all those tinker-toy circles and angles both obtuse and acute.

William J. Palmer was the architect.


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