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Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN

July 31, 2017

There are scant few churches in this survey that might qualify as “Palladian” but the former Epworth Methodist church in Memphis seems to qualify. Standing, still quite elegantly, at the corner of Faxon Avenue and Waldran Boulevard, it has become the Cathedral of God Holy Word Temple. At the rear (north side) of the building there is the telltale “Akron bulge”, however, that encourages me to pursue more information. Certainly the architect of record deserves mention for his/her skill in interpreting Palladio.


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  1. I was in this one a couple of times, as I lived just a couple of blocks away. Lovely building in desperately poor condition back in the 1980s. As I recall, the sanctuary interior was a Greek cross plan, with the chancel on axis with the window on the right. pushed back into the wing seen at left. The social hall was in the basement below the sanctuary. In the distance at right you’ll see the steeple of “Speedway Terrace Baptist Church.” The only memorable feature of that post WWII building is its name.

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