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Methodist Episcopal Church, Penn Yan, NY

The M. E. church in Penn Yan, NY has been on our radar for many years, not only a handsome Romanesque Revival exterior, but also a textbook case study of the A-A plan inside. These two antique postcards make a nice pair.

Methodist Episcopal Church, Kittanning, PA


PAkittanningME.jpgWith a database just over 6,800 and 7K in sight, I’m continually surprised that some familiar buildings have escaped inclusion here. Such is the case with First M.E. Church in the western Pennsylvania town of Kittanning. I know the place in context of another project (on the history of the Protestant Episcopal church in Dakota Territory!) and found this M.E. church by accident.

The central octagonal meeting space is a shape used by Philadelphia architect Isaac Purcell, but I haven’t yet connected him here. The date was 1909.

PS: A 1907 periodical credits Charles W. Bier of Pittsburgh as the architect.

Methodist Episcopal Church, Union City, IN

One of those rare occurrences, the interior view of an A-A church confirming its Akron-icity. This is the Methodist Episcopal church in Union City, Indiana, built in 1914-1915 from plans by H. A. Heavener of Jackson, TN, a name new to me, but the chances are very good that he designed other A-A churches during his career.

The exterior is Neo-Classical.

Another on-line source give his name as “R. A. Heavener”. And I’m confused about the discrepancy between these two images: the exterior suggests a “left hand” interior (with the Sunday school to the left of the pulpit, yet the actual interior shows a “right hand” type.

West End Methodist Church, Forsyth Co., NC

West End M.E., South dates from at least 1913 (the copyright of this postcard) but burned beyond hope in 1947. Sanborn maps may help.

Winston-Salem is in Forsyth County.

Baptist Church, Coffeyville, KS

Coffeyville’s Baptist church has been replaced, so it may be difficult to verify the features hinted in this very poor photograph.

Methodist Episcopal Church, Coleman, TX

Coleman’s former First M.E. church is of a type that I attribute to architect C. W. Bulger, though one published source credits Field & Clarkson, architects of Wichita Falls, TX with the design. This building of about 1915-1916 has been replaced by a more tradition longitudinal scheme in the Gothic Revival style.

There is scarce little online about architects Field & Clarkson. Compare this bank in Corsicana with the Coleman church [top right in the image below].

Lowman Memorial M. E., Topeka, KS

Though the card is unidentified, it was fairly easy to confirm this building as Topeka Bible church at 11th and Mulvane Streets, and that it had been built in 1915 as Lowman Memorial M.E. Street views are unclear but the squarish plan is encouraging. The TBC website provides no interior views.