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First Methodist Church, Lincolnton, NC

June 28, 2014

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Though the descriptor “Episcopal” was dropped from the denominational name in various mergers of the 1950s, the former Methodist Episcopal is, indeed, still governed by bishops, as the word suggests. The further appellation “South” makes it clear this is a member of that part of Methodism that broke with the north during the Civil War (or what some Southerners continue to call “the recent unpleasantness”). There are a number of examples like this across the South, probably all attributable to the same architect. To further confirm the A-A configuration, look at the screen shot of the church (still standing and on the National Register) from the air.

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The diagonal axis through the front portico extends into what is probably the Sunday School, though there is likely not a movable partition between them, unless it puts the altar/pulpit “in the round”. If so, it is a rare example, indeed, of that type.

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