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A bonanza in Cincinnati

April 24, 2017

This was a red letter day for multiple examples from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Asbury M.E. is also identified as a congregation for the deaf, though one wonders how early in its history it took on that role. It’s similar in some respects with Hyde Park Baptist, another protruding polygon that may have been a Phase I Sunday school awaiting the subsequent construction of an auditorium.

Linwood M. E. appears to be a wood-framed version of the more typical masonry churches by local architects Brown & Davis. Likewise its near sibling State Avenue M. E., which still serves an inner city African-American congregation.

A church like Pleasant Ridge M. E., for example, has the prominent B&D octagonal element, usually the location of the pulpit.

Or Norwood M. E.:

Looking at these as a group, the attribution to Brown & Davis (Brown, Burton & Davis; Crapsey & Brown, etc.) seems very likely.

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