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United Brethren Church, Wabash, IN

May 23, 2017

A couple days ago one of my posts celebrated the visual similarity of two churches in northwestern Indiana: First U.B. (shown here) in Wabash and First Baptist in Warsaw. This Neo-Classical type with pedimented entries and other classical detail is not uncommon. Witness the Christian church in El Paso, Texas of about the same time (ca 1910-1915):

Personally, I prefer the greater authenticity of the Indiana pair (Warsaw and Wabash).

Seeking information on date and designer yielded some very interesting results. The architect in 1915 — that’s when the advertisement for bids was published and we can assume that construction soon followed — was a new name to me: Samuel M. Plato [1882–1957], an African-American architect of considerable repute in the two regions of his practice: Marion, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. I think we can safely attribute the Warsaw church to him as well.

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