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Erwin Methodist Church, Syracuse, NY

August 11, 2014


One of those serendipitous discoveries happened again this morning: Erwin Methodist Church at Syracuse, NY. Erwin was built in 1914 from the design of architect Justus Moak Scrafford (1878-1947), about whom I learned a great deal from the website of Samuel D. Gruber, who has made that part of upstate New York his avocation. Many thanks to Mr Gruber.

Erwin (now Erwin First United Methodist Church) occupied this impressive building in 1914, having outgrown an earlier structure elsewhere in the city. And that growth must have continued, because the sanctuary portion of the building has since been replaced by a more traditional Colonial Revival building in pink and white. The quarter-circular Sunday School wing survives, however, though probably without its movable partition. In my A-A matrix, this was either a C-2 or a D-2.

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