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Bedford Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY

March 26, 2017

One of the surprises (to me, at least) of this project has been the unequal representation of the A-A in selected major urban areas. Great Boston, for example, has a handful of fine examples, but it is proportionally underrepresented when compared with Philadelphia. Chicago  my own home town — likewise has far fewer A-A churches than I thought it might. In decided contrast, Brooklyn (especially before its shotgun wedding with New York City) is richer with the A-A on a per capita basis than most of the U.S.

Bedford Presbyterian church (Dean Street and Nostrand Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood) is a Richardsonian pile that grew from an 1894 initial phase to its present mass in 1909. [The setback is a mystery.] The older sanctuary is now used as a chapel, though Sunday school facilities are unspecified in either phase. So it may not be an orthodox Akron sunday school. Still, what is now Bedford-Central Presbyterian is worth inclusion.

The architect of phase one was Arthur B. Jennings; for phase two Dodge & Morrison. On the interior, I’ll get back to you.

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