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Methodist Episcopal Church, Armstrong, MO

May 30, 2017

Serendipity took me to Armstrong, Missouri this afternoon and this captivating octagonal Methodist church. It has been converted for use as a single-family residence, witness by a real estate web site including this blurry exterior and several interiors, proving it to have been a Type 3, with the Sunday school spaces arrayed around the perimeter of the auditorium.

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Further information is well worth pursuing. This is a keeper!

Armstrong is a few miles north of I-70, about half the distance between St Louis and Kansas City.

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UPDATE [31.05.2017]: In the “You can’t make this shit up” category, I searched this afternoon for the current owner/occupants of the former Methodist church in Armstrong. While that inquiry was unsuccessful, I did turn up a recent occupant of some ill repute: Ryan St Anne Scott (a.k.a. Ryan Gevelinger), a self-proclaimed “Traditionalist Catholic priest” who denies the reforms made in the Catholic church in recent decades. Scott/Gevelinger contracted to purchase the Armstrong church building for use as Holy Rosary Abbey, but the sale was interrupted when he was charged with three counts of “financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person” and placed in the Howard county jail on a $50,000 cash bond. News sources say that he could face ten to thirty years in prison. Presumably the church has less notorious owners at present.

 

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