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Methodist Episcopal Church, Ambridge, PA

July 13, 2018

First Presbyterian Church Ambridge, PA / J. C. Fulton, architect

In a database now exceeding five thousand, there are very, very few that evidence phases in their construction. The Methodist Episcopal church in Ambridge, Pennsylvania is one of them.

Built circa 1908-1909 from plans by architect J. C. Fulton — who was prolific, by the way —  the thrift Methodists elected to build the Sunday school first and use it as a worship space until they could afford the auditorium-sanctuary. If you were to judge the building by this postcard alone (above), it would attract your attention but little else. Other postcards have come to light, however, that tell this more interesting tale: the Sunday school, peaking out at the far left (above) preceded the church by I know not how many years. Witness the postcard below:

Methodist Episcopal Church, Ambridge, PA / J. C. Fulton, architect / Phase 1 (Sunday School)

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