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Methodist Episcopal Church, Talmage, KS

Talmage is a very small town about ten miles north of Abilene, Kansas. Given that Abilene also has a substantial UMC church, it’s remarkable that Talmage has survived so well.

This handsome church still stands at the corner of Francis and Ohio streets, looking as good as it did in this early postcard view. The congregation has no web presence (that I can find), so interior views aren’t available. For date, I’d guess about 1910-1915, perhaps a few years later. Sorry for the distortions on this image; the card isn’t yet in hand.


Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, IA

Largely hidden behind that octagonal entry/bell tower, the clerestory of a larger octagonal cupola can be seen. That shape choice gave the architect or the client great flexibility in orienting the congregation; with such a prominent entrance, I’d be surprised if the auditorium wasn’t on the diagonal. The auxiliary entry hints at a Sunday school on the far right.

Other images of this building have eluded me. It’s possible the caption is incorrect. Otherwise I’m searching for a date and architect.

Peoples Baptist Church, Manchester, NH

There are many instances where the church looks like anything but a traditional place of worship. Often it’s a repurposed building that may have been a theater or a school, but in others it was purpose built as a church. That may be the case here for the Peoples Baptist church in Manchester, NH. Doubtful as an A_A, it’s still an interesting take of religious architecture—or should I say architecture for religion.

Methodist Episcopal Church, Slayton, MN

Located in the far southwestern part of Minnesota, Slayton is about sixty miles northeast of Sioux Falls, SD. The extension on the far right is my only clue to the potential for an Akron Sunday school; the building is an otherwise fine example of Neo-Classicism. The church website shows an interior view suggesting a quarter-circle radial auditorium, with the pulpit in the back left corner.

Union Church, Elk River, MN

The “Carpenter Gothic” Union church at Elk River, MN is similar to another recently posted example that may not be an A-A, strictly speaking. The polygonal element on the left (here and in the M.E. church in Shushan, NY, also added today) isn’t large enough to accommodate a full Akron Sunday school, but its adjacency to the auditorium at least affords the flexibility to hold overflow attendance. The main body of the church (now Union Congregational UCC) is still standing, with a far more substantial expansion on the right.

Methodist Episcopal Church, Shushan, NY

The asking price for this card is $49.99, and I can understand why. It’s also way beyond my means. The image, however, is very likely the interior of an A-A church.

The street view shows a modest brick, Gothic Revival building. Any discrepancies in roof slope might be attributed to scissors trusses (the outer roof is steeper than the interior ceiling). And the “L” accessed by the folding doors is a small rectangle, too small for subdivision into multiple Sunday school spaces—so probably not a genuine Akron. But as an auxiliary overflow space it serves a similar purpose.

Shushan is a tiny community in upstate New York about fifty miles northeast of Albany, near the Vermont border.

Tuxedo Park Christian Church, Webster Groves, MO

Our roving reporter Richard Kenyon sent a batch of his recent on-line discoveries, including this charming building. It stands at the corner of Bompart Avenue and Tuxedo Blvd.

A little more sleuthing reveals that it was the Tuxedo Park Christian Church and constructed in two phases (1895 and 1908), though its not clear which of the three parts are associated with those dates. The Dutch Colonial style has been exceedingly rare in this study, so it’s interesting for that aspect alone. The possible “Akron” component is that quarter circular segment you can just see to the right of the main entrance.

Richard located the building on a site used to market churches that have closed and are for sale. Apparently this one has become a single-family home.


The cockeyed entry stair and crowding of the property line betrays a street widening at some point.