N 34° 45.964 W 082° 21.209
17S E 376137 N 3847935
Quick Description: Located in Conestee,SC
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 10/15/2007 9:12:25 AM
Waymark Code: WM2D99
(McBee Chapel) Architecturally unique, McBee Methodist Church was designed ca. 1842 by John Adams, a local wheelwright who felt that more seating space could be secured by an octagonal arrangement. The little structure is a fine example of octagonal architecture in vogue in the United States from the 1840s-1860s, its prime advantage being that it encloses one-fifth more floor area than a square with the same total length of wall. In addition, octagonal design offered a new aesthetic dimension to American architecture at this time. The eight-sided brick structure has a pyramidal asphalt shingle roof topped by an octagonal louvered cupola. It also features a molded brick cornice and a whitewashed base. The small stained glass panes surrounding larger panes of clear glass were added at a later date. The balcony, formerly used by slaves prior to the Civil War, was later removed and its door converted to another window. The church has a seating capacity of 150. The church was named for Vardry McBee, the “Father of Greenville” who provided funds for the little church. Listed in the National Register March 23, 1972.
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 05/07/1842
Age of Church building determined by?: Historical Society
If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: United Methodist
If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday
Street address of Church:
Conestee, SC United States
If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed
Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: Not Listed
Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed
Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed
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