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“Pull down #53…

November 18, 2016

…and put a bay window in it for the lady.”

Or so goes Frank Lloyd Wright’s quip about turn-of-the-century house planning. He might as readily have said it of A-A churches: to the uninitiated they appear remarkably similar, not to say interchangeable. It actually works both ways:

  • Similar, even identical plans, can be clad in vastly different architectural styles, from Gothic Revival to Craftsman, and
  • Similar, even identical, exterior expression can often mask interior functional arrangements that are equally varied.

Without having seen the interiors of these three churches in Edinburg, TX, Rapid City, SD, and Indianapolis, IN, the exteriors are practically interchangeable. A large rectangular box with Classical cornice also sports a front elevation ornamented with an engaged four-column, pedimented element, flanked by twin entries. On two of these examples, the entries are at ground level; one of them stairs bring users to the main floor level.

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All bets are off concerning the sanctuaries, which may be axial front-to-back or radial, centered on a wall or from a corner. Windows at the rear of the Edinburg church hints at a Sunday School location; no telling about the others. Suffice to say, each of these clients got value for their building budget

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