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Baptist Church, Midland, TX

October 19, 2016

Not every congregation could afford to build their entire facility in one campaign. In one case I know of a Sunday School (of the Akron type) that was built in anticipation of the auditorium being added at a later date. It never was.

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In this case, a Baptist church in Midland, Texas, the auditorium-sanctuary preceded the Sunday School by some years. This hazy photograph above shows a church that may have had some space for religious education—Akron or otherwise—but a much larger polygonal wing was added on the right to produce a full-blown A-A church (below).

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Midland was a prosperous town in West Texas about half way between Fort Worth and El Paso. Often called the “Capitol of the West Texas oil patch,” the region’s economy has pitched and yawed through the years and the burgeoning population quickly outgrew this building, now long gone and replaced with something that covers two full city blocks. I’m still very fond of this curious structure as an example of a special condition, one which A-A churches were well equipped to handle. The FBC website tells its story through the sequence of pastors who’ve served the congregation, however, rather than focusing on the physical plant. But it would seem the earlier iteration may date from 1901-1902 and the S.S. addition from a dozen years later.

 

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