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John C. Fulton [1856-1924]

March 5, 2017


John Charles Fulton, alone or in the Fulton & Butler partnership, has forty-three churches in our database. And possibly one more, if the mystery postcard can be identified. But what I noticed that may matter only to me are his dates — 1856-1924 — which are precisely the same as Louis Sullivan, who is not in this database. There is an on-line source for biographical information about him (his beginnings in contracting and the usual puffery that some with turn-of-the-century paid biographies) but for immediate purposes let’s note that he practiced architecture from Uniontown, a community of moderate size not far from Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania. From that base of operations — through whatever media we do not yet know — his practice extended south and westward into at least ten other states. Not bad for someone who, in typical ;ate 19th century fashion, worked his way up through the ranks, so to speak.

Not all of Fulton’s churches are included here in the blog, but from the database I can summarize the works represented:

  • AR, Van Buren
  • CO, Sterling
  • IA, Cherokee, Fort Dodge Le Mars, Shenandoah, Webster City
  • ID, Idaho Falls
  • KS, Salina
  • MN, Minneapolis
  • NE, Hastings
  • OH, Bowling Green, Cleveland (2), Martins Ferry, Portsmouth, Steubenville, Tiffin
  • PA, Apollo, Boswell, Butler, California, Connellsville, Duquesne, Fayette City, Indiana, Jeannette (2), Johnstown (2), Kane, Ligonier, McKeesport, Meadville, Pitcairn, Pittsburgh, Rockwell, Rockwood, Waynesburg, Wilkes-Barre
  • WA, Tacoma
  • WV, Huntington, New Martinsville

A significant number of these come from the Neo-Classical model represented at Cherokee and Sterling. There are certainly more out there awaiting discovery.



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