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Methodist Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN

March 27, 2016

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Duluth’s Methodist church hasn’t always been at the crest of the hill [a notable modernist building of the mid-60s by architect Pietro Belluschi]. This earlier iteration stood at 215 Third Avenue West from 1893 until 1968. A Duluth history website tells its story.

Now and then, building sites of A-A churches sloped sufficiently to provide multiple “grade level” entries. Here, for example, the building presents four stories toward Lake Superior. Notice especially the large lantern/cupola that must have flooded the children’s general assembly space. Architects are given as McMillen & Radcliffe, though I’m more familiar with another partnership, McMillen & Tenbusch (only because that firm did considerable work in Fargo after its 1893 fire).

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