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Harry W. Wachter, Architect

August 1, 2014

Inevitably, individual architects will have had a regional impact in the field of religious architecture. In Ohio, among other better known practitioners, that would also include Toledo architect Harry W. Wachter (1868-1941), whose age put him at the eye of the Akron-Auditorium phenomenon. I have several Wachter churches in postcard form, but I thought you might enjoy these three—two in Upper Sandusky and one in Napoleon—in more contemporary views. The “family resemblance” is remarkable.

OHnapoleonPres OHuppersanduskyPres OHuppersanduskyME

Harry had a thing about towers, didn’t he. More than most A-A churches, Wachter’s also have a strong connection with the Arts & Crafts movement at the turn of the century.

By the way, Wachter did one church in North Dakota through a connection that I have yet to discover.

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  1. Lesley Hayman permalink

    I am the pipe organist of the second church pictured, (First Presbyterian Church, Upper Sandusky.) If you think the outside is stunning, you should see the sanctuary on a sunny day with the light coming in those large stained-glass windows. It will take your breath away!

    • Did you know that Wachter designed a Presbyterian church in Jamestown, North Dakota? I don’t know that connection to Ohio.

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