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Methodist Episcopal Church, North Rose, NY

June 17, 2015


“Form Follows Function” according to Louis Sullivan. While not diminishing his architectural insight, late 19th century architectural writing was rife with similar sentiment, though not phrased so succinctly.

The Methodist church in North Rose, NY is a case in point, though recent change on the exterior implies significant modification of the interior. The polygonal bay at the far right is probably the chancel or altar area, while the curved clearstory peaking out to the left of the bell tower implies a radial Sunday School of the “Akron” type. The diving (presumably movable) wall between them could have run from the entry to the diagonally opposite corner (not shown). Bu, while I label this an A-1 type, it does challenge the graphic convention I’ve been using in the typology matrix referenced here but never actually shown.

The church website is silent on the topic of congregational history, so I’ll have to write and hope for clarification. In the meantime, do you think 1910 is a ballpark estimate for the date of construction?

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