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First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, AR

November 16, 2015

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This building for First Baptist Church (SMC) dates from 1907, but it stood until only 1958, replaced by a larger facility. Such is the way of Progress.

The current FBC website credits “a Dallas architect,” which I presume to have been James E. Flanders, architect for nearly fifty church in his long career. The Flanders website fails to mention a church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but it includes several other closely resembling it, such as a Methodist Episcopal church in Wichita Falls, TX of about the same vintage. Flanders specialized in Methodist designs, but his reputation spread to other Protestant denominations, including Disciples of Christ, Baptists (always SBC) and Presbyterians.

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In each of these cases the splayed corner entrance and identical (or nearly so) flanking bays suggests a diagonal plan with a movable partition on the right leading to an Akron Plan Sunday School.

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