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Mennonite Church, Berne, IN

June 7, 2017

Berne is a small community (pop. less than 4,000) in northeastern Indiana in (as you might guess from its name) was a center of Swiss immigration. In that context, consider the relative size of its Mennonite church.

First Mennonite Church Berne, IN

Interior First Mennonite Church, Looking West Berne, IN

Interior, First Mennonite Church, Looking East Berne, IN

Despite its size, there is surprisingly little on-line information about the history of this building, which was apparently completed about 1912; the narrative on the church website is unclear and the Engineering Record of February 1909 says only this:

The members of the Mennonite congregation are considering the erection of an edifice to cost $35,000.

For such a large and sophisticated design, the identity of its architect is still a mystery — a very Mennonite point of view.

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