When the Eldbrooke Methodist congregation was founded in the early 1830s, Tenleytown was only beginning to develop as a crossroads village on the road from Frederick and Rockville to the port at Georgetown. The present 1926 church is the congregation’s fourth and grandest building on the site it purchased in 1840.
Designed by Howard W. Cutler, this Spanish-style structure features a textured stucco exterior, variegated red tile roof, picturesque corner bell tower, and elaborate portals. Above the main entrance portal, the large bas-relief window surround, in the florid Churrigueresque style of the early-18th-century Spanish Baroque, is perhaps unique in Washington.
DC Inventory: April 24, 2008
National Register: September 5, 2008