Pansy Methodist Church

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Pansy Methodist Church and School Historic District
Front of the church
Pansy Methodist Church is located in Ohio
Pansy Methodist Church
Nearest city Clarksville, Ohio
Coordinates 39°20′55″N 83°56′41″W / 39.34861°N 83.94472°W / 39.34861; -83.94472Coordinates: 39°20′55″N 83°56′41″W / 39.34861°N 83.94472°W / 39.34861; -83.94472
Area 2.1 acres (0.85 ha)
Built 1885
Architectural style Gothic Revival, Romanesque Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73001398[1]
Added to NRHP March 20, 1973

Pansy Methodist Church is a historic church near the village of Clarksville in Clinton County, Ohio, United States. Built in 1885,[1] it was formerly home to a congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Few changes have been made to the church or to its adjacent church school since they were built: neither building has any central heating or plumbing, and the interiors retain the open, undivided floor plans with which they were designed.[2]

Pansy School

Built in 1885 and 1900 respectively,[3] the church and school are a mix of architectural styles. Measuring approximately 28 by 46 feet (8.5 by 14.0 m), the church is a Gothic Revival building with three ogive windows on each side; worshippers entered through a large front door in a Gothic arched doorway with a transom light. A small tower with a belfry sits atop the roof at the front of the church; it is decorated with ornate latticework. Nearby, the school measures 29 by 40 feet (8.8 by 12.2 m); its Romanesque Revival style is evidenced by elements such as pilasters on the corners and decorative brickwork below the roofline.[2] Both buildings are constructed of brick on stone foundations and feature slate roofs.[3]

In 1973, the church and school were designated a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, due to their historically significant architecture.[1] Key to this designation was their place as a rare example of the nineteenth-century country church; they were seen as evoking a sense of historic rural Christianity in the region.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 153.
  3. ^ a b Pansy Methodist Church and School Historic District, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2011-02-21.