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Latham UMC: Alabama's Historic Gothic Revival Church

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In Latham, Alabama, you can find a historic church building located on the east side of Highway, Alabama. It is located at the coordinates 31°5′54″N 87°49′51″W. It was built back in 1906, making it one hundred seventeen years old as of the writing of this article and well past the general fifty years of age threshold for a building to be included as a part of the National Register of Historic Places. Part of what makes it so important is the unique form of architecture that was used for the creation of this church: the Late Gothic Revival style.

The Late Gothic Revival architectural style, also known as Victorian Gothic or Neo-Gothic, emerged in the 18th century and gained popularity during the Victorian era. This style draws inspiration from the original Gothic architecture of the Middle Ages but incorporates modern elements and technologies.

Characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and intricate tracery, Late Gothic Revival buildings display a sense of grandeur and ornamentation. Prominent examples include the Houses of Parliament in London and the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh. These structures showcase the style's emphasis on verticality, turrets, and buttresses.

Because of this style, the National Register of Historic Places included this church on August 25th, 1988, and gave this church the reference number 88001350. The whole church takes up about 3.1 acres and this location is a historic location that is available for any history buff or fan of architecture or older religious iconography to enjoy.


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