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Methodist Episcopal Church, Oak Park, IL

June 22, 2017

After more than eight years of sleuthing cards on-line, it often seems there is nothing new under the sun: there are literally hundreds of cards that I’ve seen hundreds of times. So finding a brand new image — new to me, at least — is rare.

Cuyler Avenue UMC must have disbanded or merged with another Methodist congregation; it is now the home of an Anglo-Catholic congregation, one of the churches that have separated from the Protestant Episcopal denomination on the question of LGBT issues and the ordination of women. From this view of Frost & Granger’s Arts & Crafts design, the Sunday school wing is hidden by the bell tower. From the air, however, and google’s street view, its octagonal form is clear. How the Anglicans use the space (presuming it’s still there) is unclear.

Frost & Granger are far better known for the design of railroad facilities.

UPDATE[23JUN2017]: A real estate site has information about the church, including interior photographs which show the surviving Akron plan Sunday school. Sources put the date of construction at 1902, 1910 and even later.

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