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Methodist Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls, IA

June 14, 2017

The Richardsonian Romanesque church in Cedar Falls, Iowa was nominally designed by Twin City architects Orff & Joralemon — or at least I think it was. O&J were active in a multi-state market area during the late 1880s and 1890s, particularly in a city like Fargo, which had a major fire in 1893 and required more architectural services during the rebuilding than local talent could provide. Their work (and that of several other Twin City practitioners) was also embroiled in the ongoing argument about two draughtsmen-delineators who were employed by them: Harvey Ellis and Albert Levering. Ask me about that some time.

I visited this building thirty-five or forty years ago but had no focus on the Akron-Auditorium then, so didn’t try to get in.

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One Comment
  1. A look at the contemporary interior photos is heart breaking. The remodeling job was viscous enough that it makes me wonder if maybe there was a fire that gutted the sanctuary. No other excuse could explain that level of insult to a historic building.

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