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Methodist Church, Argonia, KS

March 18, 2016


Working on this project for more than fifteen years, my gut-level sense of just how many Akron-Auditorium churches were built has only increased. There were thousands. Which only begs the question: How can a phenomenon so substantial have remained so ignored? I’ll keep my answer to myself.

A respectable design like the Methodist church in Argonia, Kansas might have been A-A. But it’s gone — outgrown, storm-damaged, under-populated, or simply unloved. And the documentation for the architectural history of small communities is poor, at best. Thank goodness for the google.books project — though in this case, even Google hasn’t helped. Looking at so many churches may have created the illusion in my mind that I can interpret the missing sides of the building shown in this postcard and that insides can be intuited from outsides. I have been often wrong, but I have also learned much along the way.

I’m just happy to know that there is a place in Kansas called Argonia.

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