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Methodist Episcopal Church, Iroquois, SD

June 6, 2014

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The M.E. church in Iroquois, South Dakota is another of those second generation buildings that have disappeared entirely in the decline of smaller rural communities. It’s 1884 predecessor was a popular design for Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists on the Great Plains: an L-shaped plan with entry tower tucked into the angle, affording access to the sanctuary on one side and the room for religious education on the other (see below). Typically, these were outgrown and replaced by more substantial masonry building illustrated in the card above.

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The successor to these worthy ancestors is a practical window-less metal-framed building at the northwest corner of Quapaw and Washita, exhibiting considerable utility and economy but little charm. Sorry for the value judgment.

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