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Christian Church (DoC), El Dorado, KS

July 17, 2014


Nineteenth century America was a petri dish for religious experimentation, not all of which survived into the twentieth. The Perfectionists are gone the way of the dinosaur; the last of the Shaker ladies at Sabathday Lake, Maine have gone to their reward. The Disciples of Christ, however, are with us in large numbers, though this particular church in El Dorado, Kansas is gone. Too bad.

I can’t say why the Spanish Colonial or Churrigueresque style was so popular on the Great Plains; you’ll even find it in North Dakota, where I don’t believe conquistadores came in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola. I suspect it had more to do with the popularity of film in the 1920 and the style of residential architecture preferred by Hollywood stars. The architect and construction date here have so far eluded me.

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