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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The "Triangle": Classen's Gift to Wesley

Early Oklahoma City residential growth was the result of several leaders involved in real estate, transportation and other business. Among the the figures of the area of Wesley were I.M. Putnam, James Shartel, and Anton Classen. Each one established large residential districts that are now historic hallmarks enriching the beauty and diversity of the city.

The small leftover land west of Classen Blvd. and east of Douglas was donated to the nascent church about 1911, shortly after the move from NW 32 and Military to the corner of NW 25 and Douglas. Classen, a Methodist, was supportive of the Epworth University (1904) and many churches.    With the construction of the new sanctuary in 1928, the land was given a face lift from the widow of Classen.   It now serves as parking for the church.

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Become a Friend of Wesley

A special "Friends of Wesley" group is made of individuals, organizations, and businesses who wish to support the historic preservation of the century old and historically significant Wesley Methodist Church (Wesley United Methodist Church) founded in 1910.

The inspiring windows dating to 1928 honored people significant to local Oklahoma City history but also to the history of Oklahoma Methodism.

The church founding and development was guided by lay people who were leaders in Oklahoma City development in real estate, banking, business, and education.

It stands as a rare remaining example of Methodist Churches in the English Gothic style and as work by a significant early architectural firm.

Donations may be sent to:

Church Treasurer
Wesley United Methodist Church
1401 NW 25th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma