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July 27, 2017

Following the chronology of church construction is interesting and can sometimes be instructive. Today I ran across these two Methodist churches in McCook, Nebraska, a town I know only because there is an early Frank Lloyd Wright “Prairie School” house there.

There may be twenty years or so between the construction of these two buildings for the same congregation. But they show, if nothing else, that the formula for Design #1 — an L-shape with entry tower in the reentrant angle — must have worked for the needs of the congregation, because they more or less replicated that scheme for Design #2, which I take to be some time circa 1920. The style has kept up with the times and the dimensions have grown to accommodate greater numbers. But the internal function is likely to have been consistent.

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