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Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA

June 10, 2014

Denominations that can be called “liturgical” were not enthralled by the Akron-Auditorium phenomenon. This includes Catholics (both Roman and Anglican), Orthodox, and the majority of Lutherans, all of whom preferred the longitudinal or extended cruciform plan. This interior suggests that at least one Lutheran congregation availed itself of the A-K plan’s flexibility. Notice the movable partitions at the extreme left and right of this interior view: each may have led to an adjunct space that could be joined with the sanctuary as circumstances required.


A quick survey of Lebanon’s existing churches suggests this is Salem Lutheran Church at 118 North 8th, a vaguely Richardsonian building that may have been designed by Abner A. Ritcher, of the Reading, Pennsylvania firm of Ritcher & Eiler.

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