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Central Methodist Church, Fayetteville, AR

November 24, 2014

ARfayetteville ME

As a Yankee idea, the Akron-Auditorium plan transplanted slowly south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Remembering that the Methodist Episcopal church had split on the issue of slavery, and that it failed to mend following the Civil War, it has been interesting to observe its Southern acceptance. During post-war westward migration, the architectural lines of distinction blurred somewhat in communities with two streams of immigrants: some from the Midwest and others from the South. Though this postcard does not specifically take sides, my guess is that Fayetteville’s Methodist church was southern, despite its likeness to the recently posted building in Bridgeport, CT; I’m guessing their plans are quite similar.

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