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Congregational Church, Prescott, AZ

September 5, 2014

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The life cycle of a building—the complex circumstances surrounding its origins, design, construction and, perhaps, its demise—has a great deal to do with the distribution of buildings types and styles in our communities. Why, for example, are there so few Richardsonian Romanesque examples in my part of the world (the southern Red River Valley of North Dakota)? I have an answer for that, and it has principally to do with the architectural professionals who were here in the territorial period and the building stock they were producing. Concerning the presence of Akron-Auditorium churches in certain regions, I believe a case can be made that it often depends on 1) when the area was initially settled and 2) when its building stock was ripe for replacement.

In the case of the Congregational (UCC) church in Prescott, Arizona, this is a first-generation building: one where the peak popularity of the A-A phenomenon happened to coincide with a wave of construction set in motion by statehood or its prospect.

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