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Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, PA

Pine Street Presbyterian materialized while searching for something completely different: a photograph of #124 Pine Street, a house in Harrisburg designed by architect William Halsey Wood (another of my various interests). I found two postcards that show the @00 Block of Pine but not the 100 Block; at least they establish the character of the neighborhood, if not the house itself.

This church anchors the northwest corner of the intersection of Pine and Third streets. What you can’t see from here is the polygonal end of the church, out of sight at the far right; see the card below for another point of view. It appears to be an Akron Sunday school configuration. It’s unclear how that space might be/have been connected with the auditorium, however. The church dates from about 1892.

Interesting that the roof ridge of the Sunday school is taller than that of the auditorium.

Today’s gaggle…

This group of recent additions may be both the most diverse in style and location, but also the most questionable regarding their A-A status. Pardon me while I cast our nets widely.

First Avenue M.E., St Petersburg, FL

First Avenue M.E. church in St Petersburg is a curious mix of styles, including the Spanish Colonial. Another on-line view reveals an element at the far left (screened by the trees) that may be / have been a Sunday school wing.

Baptist Church, Saline, MI

The corner entry and book-matched facades is a giveaway. And what appears to be the Sunday school entry at the far left makes this very likely a D-1 or D-2.

Stats du jour

Just as a point of information, yesterdays stats—which I rarely check, because they have very little meaning—told me that there were thirteen visitors who looked as 230 pages on the blog.

Three in Greensburg, PA

Strange how uneven the postcard coverage of a town can be. These three churches in Greensburg, Pennsylvania make the point.

The Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren cards are quite common and competitively priced on eBay; they are often under $2, plus postage. The Presbyterian church, however, is absolutely unfamiliar from ten years of scanning literally thousands of church images on auction sites. And the seller knows it, too, because the opening bid is $45, way beyond what I’m prepared to bid. So I shall have to be content with “borrowing” this image and adding the information to the database.

Presbyterian Church, Cawker City, KS

I’ll be the first to admit that several churches have made it into this database simply because I find them interesting. Yes, having some claim to A-A characteristics helps but others are here, like this former Presbyterian church in Cawker City, Kansas, fascinate because of their shape; as a designer I’m guilty of being a form-giver.

The image of the Cawker City church above reveals very little, other than a corner entry and, therefore, probably a diagonal auditorium. I’ve seen this card several times but wasn’t interested enough to bid on it. Then I found the card below—also a shitty photograph, I admit—which hints at something far more remarkable in the pure pyramidal shape with towers at two opposite corners. Taken together, they suggest something far more intriguing than either one of them alone.

The church is gone.