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St Matthew’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA

September 10, 2015


The corner of 53rd and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia must have been suburban, almost pastoral at the time of its construction in 1902. This rendering of the church provides the name of the architects—Lachman & Murphy—who are new to me. Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking on my part but I have to believe that the client (Methodists), the sprawling design and the time were right for a genuine A-A building. Current occupants, White Rock Baptist Church, may provide some answers. Incidentally, L&M designed another church with A-A characteristics nearby at 61st and Catharine: Sayer Memorial Methodist.

Philadelphia is proving to be a city rich with a wide variety of Akron-Auditorium buildings.

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