Odessa Historic District

Zoar Methodist Episcopal Church

Odessa Historic District

Odessa Historic District is a national historic district located at Odessa, New Castle County, Delaware. It encompasses 82 contributing buildings in the central business district and surrounding residential areas in the shipping and trading center of Odessa. It includes a mix of commercial and residential buildings primarily dating to the 18th and 19th century.

Other notable buildings include the Zoar Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1881 to serve Odessa's black community. The church brick is laid in common bond with buttressed corners creating a cruciform plan; the medium gable roof of the nave and gabled roof wings are covered with asphalt shingles and have exposed rafter ends.

Gothic-style windows with stained glass and a pointed arch created with brick headers light the interior, similarly shaped 2-panel double doors with a 3-pane gothic arched transom mark the entrance; a rosette window is located above the facade door; there is a datestone over the rosette window; a chimney is situated at rear right.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, then increased in 1984.