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The Institutional Church

April 7, 2017

A-A churches are diverse in both their planning (the combination and permutation of their constituent parts) and especially in the spectrum of architectural styles they wear. And “Institutional” churches in their modest numbers are just as divers. Witness these five examples from an early 20th century book on church architecture.

These five include examples in Cleveland, New York City (by McKim Mead & White!), Philadelphia, Kansas City and Chicago. Two are Richardsonian; one, Renaissance Revival; one is Arts& Crafts, for lack of a more specific style; and one could easily be mistaken for a Late-Victorian block front. Temple University in Philadelphia spun off from the church of the same name. The Kansas City church was designed by the nephew of Chicago architect John Welborn Root, but MM&W are the best known architects of the lot.

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