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Methodist Episcopal Church, Trenton, NE (et al.)

February 4, 2015

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This Methodist Episcopal church in Trenton, Nebraska may look familiar. I’d be surprised if it didn’t, because literally hundreds of this design were built in practically every part of the United States. This was a design promoted by both the Methodist and Presbyterian denominations, in the latter case through a mechanism with the unfortunate name of “The Board of Church Erections.” Both denominations published virtual pattern books of church plans for every size and budget. This incredibly modest “L” plan accommodated the congregation in one wing and the children in an auxiliary space to the left or right. The entry was situated in the reëntrant angle between the two. I know of at least a dozen of this in North Dakota, but they were also popular in the rural South and throughout the Great Plains and inter-mountain West. Most, of course, were trashed long ago.

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One Comment
  1. Richard Cawthon permalink

    These churches were built from mail-order plan #19A by Benjamin D. Price.

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