Lovely Lane United Methodist Church is an architectural landmark, which houses an active congregation and the United Methodist Historical Society of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. The Society’s interests range from circuit riding Methodist preachers in colonial Maryland to modern Methodist Churches. A museum and research services are available on site.
The cornerstone of this historic building was laid in 1884, marking the centennial of the “Christmas Conference” in Baltimore’s Lovely Lane Church which established the Methodist Church as an independent denomination in America. The Rev. John Franklin Goucher envisioned a structure which would serve as a Methodist Monument and also anchor the adjoining Women’s College of Baltimore, a Methodist institution which was planned at the same time. The eminent architect Stanford White was commissioned to design the new First Methodist Episcopal Church which was completed in 1887. Today the church is known as Lovely Lane United Methodist and serves a neighborhood known as Old Goucher. The Women’s College, rechristened Goucher College, built and occupied many nearby buildings before moving to a larger campus.
Visitors are welcome Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Assistance with research questions and other needs is provided by archives staff.