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Methodist Episcopal Church, Beijing, China

July 18, 2017

Two architects prominent in the A-A phenomenon are credited with designs for foreign locations: G. W. Kramer and W. H. Hayes. I’ve not yet found any certified Kramer examples but Hayes’s design for Beijing is reasonably well documented.

Chongwenmen (also Chong Wen Men) Methodist church predates the Boxer Rebellion, though varying dates are given. After the rebellion, the church was rebuilt in 1904, with unspecified changes. One internet site in China considerable information — though I can’t read a word of it. Happily exterior and interior photographs of the renovated and still heavily used building abound:

The Chinese government has designated this as an historic building and presumably receives some protection from the urban pressures of a huge city like Beijing.

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