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Methodist Episcopal Church, Decatur, TX

June 27, 2016

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This is the third building occupied by Methodists in Decatur and was dedicated on Easter Sunday in 1914. The more recent educational wing added circa 1940 probably has little, if anything, to do with the Akron Plan. The architect is unknown (as is the original interior arrangement), though Decatur is easily within the market area for architects in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex.

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From the air, this building’s “Greek Cross” plan suggests a wrap-around configuration that brings the congregation toward the pulpit in almost Vatican II-like intimacy. These two interiors from the church website don’t leave much room for the possibility of an Akron Plans component.

The Wise county courthouse in the back right is a fine Richardsonian Romanesque work Texas architect J. Riley Gordon.

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