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Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church, Fargo, ND

October 16, 2018

Here in my own front yard is Broadway Methodist Episcopal church, which has been at two locations in the city—the earliest of them, oddly, not on Broadway. From a building at Fourth Avenue and Roberts Street, they moved to Broadway and Seventh some time about 1904. The architect associated with this client was W. C. Albrant (who has his own tragic story to tell), though I can’t tell which building might have been his. Albrant designed a number of Protestant churches in eastern North Dakota before his death in 1905, for Methodist, Baptist, and Congregationalist clients. Neither site has left a building footprint to help us understand their interior layout.

Not to suggest that Albrant was a formula-driven designer, here is his First Baptist church which has also disappeared from its former site at Eighth Street and First Avenue South.

Do you detect a theme here? One is the mirror image of the other.

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