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First Methodist Episcopal Church, Syracuse, NY

September 4, 2017

This M.E. church burned in January 1957 and was replaced within a few years by a Mid-Century Modern design by Clark Clark Millis & Gibson—a new name to me. The website identifying that church mentions its predecessor, which I presume to be the building in this card. If so, then it was constructed about 1904 from the design of Archimedes Russell. The site was incredibly tight at the 45° intersection of Onondaga and State streets in central Syracuse—hence the octagonal bay. So tight, perhaps, that the Sunday school was situated in the lower level. The congregation merged with Erwin UMC, about a mile away, and that website mentions nothing about the former building.

Archimedes Russell is a name well known in Central New York. Shortly after the date of this building, Russell took on Melvin King as a younger partner; if King were already in the office as draughtsman, he may well have been the designer.

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