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Baptist Church, Oakland, NE

September 26, 2016


There was a time (not so long ago) when I was an architectural snob. In some ways, I still am. At another time I would been unimpressed with this substantial Baptist church on Oakland, Nebraska. Mea culpa. These days I’m far more likely to enjoy the aggressive rectilinearity and syncopated window rhythms of this curiously eccentric design.

Aside from its “foursquare gospel” character, that asymmetrical bump on the right side gives every indication of being Sunday School space. I thought this could be a Sunday School type rarely encountered outside the South, one that I call “saddlebags” and wondered if this might be an example. Few on-line images of the building exist, it seems, but there is one that says most of what I need to know: the S.S. rooms open directly off the auditorium, rather than to their own assembly space.

This is an unusual but dignified space, well-equipped for Baptist requirements.

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