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Methodist Episcopal Church, Kenton, OH

February 3, 2017


Charles Crapsey (pronounced “crop-see”) was the founder of a Cincinnati dynasty of A-A architects whose influence extended far beyond the Ohio River Valley. Crapsey’s lineage requires a family tree I think; I’ll work on it. In the meantime, let me drop some names, none of which will be familiar:

  • Crapsey & Brown (1889-1895; a partnership with William R. Brown)
  • Crapsey & Lamm (1901-1909; with E. N. Lamm; Crapsey died in 1909)
  • Brown Burton & Davis (1899-1901; with Matthew H. Burton and David D. Davis)
  • Brown & Davis (1901-1907)

There were other short-term partnerships and some years of independent practice but you get the picture: later 19th century architectural was fickle and complicated. The M. E. church in Kenton, Ohio dates from the C&B years.

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