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Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, IL

July 26, 2016


It shouldn’t surprise us that “liturgical” denominations — Roman Catholics, members of the Anglican communion, and most Lutherans – opted for the longitudinal plan type, while most mainstream Protestants were drawn to the auditorium sanctuary; after all, the first part of that word is “audit.” Akron-Auditorium churches of the D-1 type (and there are a lot of them in postcard form on eBay) demonstrate how little symmetry meant for Methodist worship and, conversely, how much good acoustic performance was valued.

This building was once located at Ninth and Monroe, dedicated in 1895, burned in 1914 and was rebuilt, and then burned again in 1995. Presumably this is the pre-1915 interior.

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