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St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, OH

September 14, 2018

Last April a tragic fire devastated one of the oldest surviving examples of an Akron Plan Sunday school. It was built in 1885 as the Parish Hall and Sunday school for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron. In the 6000+ examples in the database, I can count the Episcopal examples on one hand; what made St Paul’s different is a mystery—other than actually being in Akron and at the leading edge of progress.

Fortunately, the HABS has recorded the building in measured drawings now on file at the Library of Congress. This isometric illustrates more clearly than my descriptions what constitutes the original Akron idea. In recent years it served as part of the music school at the University of Akron—which, like many institutions of “higher education”, has not been sympathetic to historic preservation, so the fate of these ruins hangs in the balance.


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