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Methodist Episcopal Church, Chester, NE

August 20, 2016


As population drains from the Great Plains, substantial churches like Chester, Nebraska’s Methodist church are vulnerable. Cost savings are often made by combining two congregations, which has happened here with the nearby community of Hebron. This is the east-facing elevation on Thayer Avenue at the intersection with Hebron Street.

The efficiencies of the Akron-Auditorium plan lent themselves to the economies of the simple rectangle: in a third-year design studio, I’d call this type of project “packing-the-suitcase.” Except for a protrusion on the west side and the two entries on the east, the building is rectangular. It was built circa 1909-1910 from plans by Woods & Cordner, architects of Lincoln.

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