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Methodist Episcopal Church, Garden City, KS

February 9, 2016

Replaced in the late 1950s by a mid-century Modern design, Garden City’s previous Methodist church was an eclectic blend of Neo-Classicism and Gothic Revival. The name of its architect isn’t yet known, but a 1913 issue of The Western Contractor says that sufficient fund had been raised to complete construction of the building, which had for some time been merely a foundation. Dedication must have followed soon after.

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UPDATE: Richard Cawthon, an internet friend, has shared this postcard image which identifies John F. Stanton as the architect. Stanton [1862-1946] was born in New Hampshire and “took a technical course in architecture” before arriving at Topeka in 1886. Stanton was State Architect at one time, in addition to maintaining a private practice.

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It’s curious how a line drawing can alter the appearance of a building.

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