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August 8, 2018

The project progresses like the hands of a clock. A year or so ago, it seemed that we were achieving modest numbers—here in the blog and in the actual database that you can’t see at present—but the flow of new entries has slowed, making this as good a time as any to assess what we’ve achieved.

Today’s entry (a Methodist church in Newark, New Jersey) is #1,291. But the database itself sits this afternoon sits at 6,255 likely candidates for Akron–Auditorium or Combination Plan status. They range from the 1880s into the 1920s, by which time the Akron idea had become more habit than fad. And virtually every style from those decades is represented: from Ruskinian Gothic and Richardsonian Romanesque to Churrigueresque, Craftsman, and Prairie School. If I’ve made a contribution to awareness and understanding of the A-A phenomenon, it’s been the observation of pattern among so many diverse examples. Gather enough of anything and patterns will emerge, and emerge they did.

I noted this afternoon that there are several people following this blog. That’s gratifying. But—other than two visitors who’ve taken the time to say hello and even make contributions of ideas and information—it would be useful to learn why others have become followers. What meaning does the A-A have for you?


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