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Congregational Church, Orange, MA

April 20, 2017

The uneven distribution of A-A churches is at least partially attributable to the life cycle of buildings. In places like North Dakota, where many churches were built in a very short window of opportunity — say, during the Territorial period, 1879-1889 — one could expect those structures to last twenty-five to forty years before they would have been replaced by something larger. I suspect something similar was going on in New England, where the bulk of church buildings had already been erected by the time of the A-A phenomenon. When a potential example does materialize, such as the Congregational church in Orange, Massachusetts, it is often in the regionally fashionable Shingle Style.

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