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Presbyterian Church, Frankfort, KS

December 17, 2013

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One could imagine a correlation between the size of a community and its orthodoxy; that the smaller a community is, the less likely one would find deviance from the norm. In larger communities, besides safety in numbers, there is also a measure of invisibility. It’s easier to hide. So you can imagine my surprise and delight to find this postcard of a Presbyterian church in Frankfort, Kansas–population 855 in the 2000 census, and falling.

I’ve not been able to find much information on this building: the congregation lacks a phone number and may not have a permanent full-time minister. But google.earth does show it from the air and also confirms the semi-circular bulge of a likely Sunday School configuration adjacent to what appears to be a straightforward linear sanctuary. The entry vestibule (and stair tower?) acts as a visual hinge and physical access point between the two. The stonework is well laid; especially interesting is the Flemish stepped gable. But until I can make a trip through Kansas with a pit stop in Frankfort, I won’d be able to say much more.

Unless, of course…you enjoy speculating as much as I do. In which case, I’d almost wager that this is an unknown project by the ever eccentric Louis Singleton Curtiss of Kansas City. I wonder.

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