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Presbyterian Church, San Angelo, TX

May 29, 2017

Ordinarily, we might expect this vaguely Romanesque Revival church in San Angelo, Texas to be a traditional longitudinal plan, there being not much hint of a Sunday school. Yet this second view of the building from the rear reveals a genuine Akron Plan component attached, presumably, behind the pulpit. This was a plan developed by Brooklyn architects L. B. Valk & Son and built at least three times, as far as I know, at various points around the country. Lucky for us, an asbestos manufacturer used the building in an advertisement. Valk was sufficiently proud of his “invention” that the place was copyrighted in 1899

Notice that the wall separating auditorium and Sunday school is identified as “lifting partition,” which makes this a very rare example of type E-1.

Built in 1906-1908 when San Angelo had a population of 10K, it must have been truly impressive; it certainly remains so today, though the interior has been remodeled: this interior suggests that the former Sunday school has become an extension of the old auditorium, something I think Lawrence Valk himself would have applauded — and perhaps even foreseen.

The congregation proudly recalls the Valk name as designers of their building.

[#944, if anyone is counting]


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