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Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington Court House, OH

April 16, 2017

This substantial Methodist church in Washington Court House was designed by architect Sidney Rose Badgley, one of several of nearly identical configuration. Here the photographer has gone out of his way to give us an incorrect impression of the building: that polygonal “done” is actually not part of the corner tower, but is rather centered over the auditorium.

Badgley and his major competitor G. W. Kramer were promoters of the octagonal dome or lantern, which was no easy task technically and of no little cost either.

For other examples, see Woodward Avenue Presbyterian in Detroit and another Methodist church in Decatur, Illinois.

Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church, Detroit, MI

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One Comment
  1. I believe this to be the interior of the same building. The pointed arch motif in the communion rail suggests it is part of the same design. Also though this card indicates the name Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, and the exterior view only uses the denominational name, it would seem unusual in a town as small was Washington Courthouse that two such substantial buildings in the same denomination would be built at approximately the same time. The Gothic building seems to have burned in the late 1950s.

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