Joyce Memorial Methodist Church

You can read about the history and designation of the Joyce Memorial Methodist Church historic landmark.



Address: 1219 West 31st Street

Neighborhood: South Uptown

Construction Date: 1907

Contractor: Emil Johnson

Architect: Harry Downs & Harold Eads

Architectural Style: California Mission Revival

Historic Use: Church

Current Use: Vacant

Date of Local Designation: 2020

Date of National Register Designation: N/A

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture and Work of Master Architects

Period of Significance: 1907 

Historic Profile:

The Joyce Memorial Methodist Church was constructed in 1907 at the corner of West 31st Street and Fremont Avenue South. The church was named after Reverend Isaac W. Joyce, a Minneapolis bishop of the former Lake Street Methodist Church who had died in 1905. The Joyce Memorial congregation operated out of the church from its opening in 1907 until 2017.

The Church was designed by master architects Downs and Eads, who were known for creating significant Revival style buildings. The church was designed in the California Mission Revival style, is clad in stucco, and features clay tile hip-roof segments, mission style shaped parapets, stair and bell towers, loggia, deep arched entry and window openings, and quatrefoil windows – all of which are historic character defining elements of the California Mission Revival style.

The California Mission Revival style is unusual for Minnesota as buildings of this style originate in areas of warmer west coast and southwest locations and are based in Spanish mission roots, utilizing design elements that function to provide shade and air circulation. The Joyce Memorial Methodist Church is one of two California Mission Revival style churches in the City of Minneapolis. Joyce Memorial Methodist Church is the most intact example of a church of this style in the city and retains the greatest historic integrity.

Photo Credits:

1953, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

2019, New History

Works Cited:

“Designation Study: Joyce Memorial Methodist Church” New History (2020)

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