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M. E. Church, Mitchell, SD

June 6, 2014

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Mitchell’s M.E. church is fairly late, I think, for its Richardsonian Romanesque style, but spot on as a mature expression of the A-A. Built about 1905 (or perhaps a bit later), this is a style that you’d expect to fins a decade earlier. Inside—I was there with Richard Kenyon three years ago—is an A-1 plan with the sanctuary and Sunday School in straight-line alignment through a massive two-story movable partition. And it is in remarkable near-original condition. Disproportionately large for Mitchell’s population, its size is justified by the proximity of Dakota Wesleyan University.

Architect for this later and remarkably intact example of the A-A was George W. Kramer, whose 1938 obituary claims 2,200 church designs issued from his office.

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