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Christian Church, Sciotoville, OH

November 14, 2017

Richard Kenyon has ferreted this one during a recent road trip: the Christian church in Sciotoville, Ohio, a suburb of Portsmouth on the Ohio River. There is one small interior of the sanctuary, looking toward the altar, but I wonder if this might be an example of “saddlebags” Sunday school rooms. R&B also designed Temple Baptist Church in Portsmouth, a similar “institutional” building.

The architects in 1915 were Ritter & Bates from nearby Portsmouth. For the moment I’ve only been able to find their names: Verus Taggart Ritter [1883-1942] and short-time partner R. Bates. Most of the available biographical information focusses on a later association, Ritter & Shea, who were located in Philadelphia.


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