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Presbyterian Church, Vinton, IA

June 30, 2015

The Presbyterian church at Vinton, Iowa is one of several buildings in that community that interest me. Chief among them may be the Benton County courthouse, which is an earlier iteration of a design that subsequently became Fargo’s Cass County facility a few years later. Architect C. E. Bell sold that design several times over in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana.


There are also some churches there of the Akron-Auditorium sort, including both Methodist and Presbyterian—both of them still standing. Now and then, the formality and presumed axial symmetry of a Neo-Classical building like First Presbyterian isn’t necessarily borne out by the interior arrangement of the auditorium. I can’t say in this case whether that is true; a field trip seems in order. In the meantime, it is a handsomely proportioned example of its time and style.


Finally, there is also a Rock Island railroad station surviving there that is eerily reminiscent of the South Framingham depot by H. H. Richardson. Just thought you’d like to know.


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