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Methodist Episcopal Church, Monte Vista, CO

June 30, 2018

The UMC church at 215 Washington Street, Monte Vista, Colorado is fairly Progressive in style, if not actually Prairie School. It was built in 1922, toward the end of the Akron phenomenon. From these two interiors, the A-A characteristics are clear. Charles J. Anderson¹ of Alamosa designed the building. A 1922 business directory for Colorado lists him as a general contractor and designer, though he must have had considerable exposure to the Progressive movement.

UMC, Monte Vista, CO / C. J. Anderson, designer (1922) / ground floor plan from the NR nomination


Our friend CO architect Belinda Zink brought the church to my attention.

¹Genealogical sources are sketchy on Anderson; Charles J. Anderson is an exceptionally common name. He was born in Illinois to emigrant Swedish parents. I find someone with that name in Chicago directories as a mason. The 1920 US Census places him in Alamosa, aged 51, married and with two children who were engaged in the contracting business with him. He died in 1943 and is buried at Fort Collins, CO.


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