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Presbyterian Church, Vinton, IA (again)

July 21, 2017

Vinton’s Presbyterian church was added to the database in 1915 but here is some additional information that may interest you:

The architect in 1913 (following the destruction of the earlier Gothic Revival building) was Joseph Schwartz (a.k.a., Joseph Swartz) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One wonders why he had been chosen, given the ready supply of qualified architectural talent closer to home. As a Type F-1 plan, the main floor sanctuary-auditorium has a balcony above and a full complement of support spaces both below and behind. It’s interesting to note provision for a host of “gender appropriate” activities for both girls and boys. Inclusion of a gymnasium for communities as small as Vinton is not unusual. Rauschenbusch and Gladden would heartily approve adaptation of the Social Gospel program for a small Midwestern town.


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