Erected in 1926, the former First Christian Church of Amory was designed in an Eclectic/Composite style (Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Historic Resources Inventory database). The building still retains its 14 foot tin-covered ceiling, and original stained glass. According to The Free Dictionary, Eclectic architecture combines elements of different historical styles in a single work, with no one dominant style. Composite refers to order, or relationship, and in terms of a structure, an entity made of distinct components. Thus, the building contains no one dominant style of architecture, but is a composite of a variety of styles.
Based on looking at a variety of images of architectural styles, I tried my hand at identifying some of the varied themes present. The Palladian windows were common in Georgian and Colonial Revival. Pilasters, and the symmetrical facade with front fanlights, were found in Colonial Revival. The fanlight (the semi-circular window atop the door) was common in both Federal and Colonial Revival styles. Rounded arches with recessed brick were common in Romanesque. The parapet and the imagery of the front evokes a feeling of “towers” and are similar to Romanesque styled towers. I have no clue as to the purpose of the different colored brick on the upper level. On the side wall, the difference in color of brick appears at two different levels.
The building had been for sale for a year after a local church discontinued its use. In 2010, a group of local residents purchased the building to preserve it and develop a cultural and arts center. The result is another community-use building saved from the wrecking ball. If you are up around Amory, check them out: The Windows. Interior photographs can be seen here. Check out the beautiful stained glass windows in the slide show.