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Inies and Outies

May 5, 2017

There is a substantial body of church design that may not qualify for inclusion here. I offer a type of smallish church — most prevalent among Methodists and throughout the Midwest and Great Plains — that is an “L” with an entry tower at the inner angle. One wing is presumably the auditorium (probably flat-floored) and the other an auxiliary space that could be used for religious education. There was an agency of the Methodist Episcopal church rather unfortunately called “The Board of Church Erection” (or something similar) which published a pamphlet of church designs for congregations in communities without architectural services. One of these designs (shown farther down) was built in the hundreds, at least a dozen of them here in North Dakota. There are others, however, slightly larger and with minor design eccentricities represented by these two images:

The pattern book version will probably be familiar to many. Here is an example from Highmore, South Dakota:

But there are eccentric variation, too:


  1. Richard Cawthon permalink

    The agency of the Methodist Church that promoted and assisted new and growing congregations was called the Board of Church Extension.

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