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Presbyterian Church, Winchester, IN

January 24, 2018

Winchester’s Presbyterian is one of a series of Midwestern churches designed by a complex and as yet unclear genealogy of architectural firms centered in Cincinnati. Beginning with Crapsey & Brown, there were several branching successor firms, all of whom carried on the basic A-A conception of C&B.

Senior partner Charles Crapsey (pronounced “CROP-sey”) worked with W. R. Brown (1889-1895) and then with E. N. Lamm (1901-1909), before his death. William R. Brown then affiliated with Messrs Burton and Davis, and then with Davis alone. The icon design associated with them was developed in the 1890s and seems to ahve gone in both directions after the C&B split. The Presbyterian church at Winchester, Indiana is the product of Crapsey & Lamm in 1903; I don’t know if Lamm did any work under his own name. I need to make a genealogical table and spend some time on ancestry.com.

Recent re-windowing indicates an ongoing awareness of the building’s historical character and significance.

This interior looks through from what is presumably the Sunday school portion to the auditorium.

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