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Methodist Episcopal Church, Holyoke, CO

To go along with today’s other post (a church in Sanger, CA), here is one equally whispy in its stylistic leanings.

The battered entrance vestibules owe something to the Arts & Crafts — the exposed rafters and splayed walls — while the curved parapets might have been inspired by the Spanish Colonial, the Baroque, or even the Hanseatic League cities of north Germany. Finally, what appears to be dense iron-spot brick are characteristic of the Progressive Movement of the 19-teens and 20s. Like its Sanger sibling, this one has also disappeared from the scene. I feel like I’m playing “pin the style” on the donkey/

Christian Church, Sanger, CA

With apologies for this untrimmed image (I don’t have Photoshop available at the moment), here is the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Sanger, a Central Valley town in California, not far from Fresno. This building has long since been replaced and the current congregation’s website makes no mention of history. I can do some reasonably informed speculation about what’s going on inside but the mystery du jour: What style is it?

Methodist Episcopal Church, Tarkio, MO

Tarkio’s UMC looks very much today as it did in the early postcard. This is one of those variations where the auditorium is away from the street intersection and the children are located there as a buffer. The entry tower bridges the junction of Sunday school and sanctuary.

Christian Church, Valley Junction, IA

“Valley Junction” is hard to find in the sprawl of West Des Moines, though this church is gone in any case. What was known as West Des Moines Christian Church was built in 1903 and burned on 30 June 1940.

With a little more flare at the eaves and a little less height, this could have been a design by James E. Flanders.

Methodist Episcopal Church, Newport, KY

This handsome church was once St Mark’s UMC but has been sold to another denomination. As Movement Church it seems in good hands, however.

As far as I’ve been able to learn, it was built circa 1897 and, I suspect, may have been the work of Cincinnati architects in practice just across the Ohio River.

Two in Indiana

Warsaw and Wabash are two communities in northeast Indiana. They’re just thirty-two miles apart, which may account for the similarities between these two churches. Is it odd that the same building (essentially) could serve both Baptists and EUBs? “One size fits all,” I guess.

Not precisely twins but damned close.

Congregational Church, Elkhart, IN

There’s something decidedly interesting going on in this photo. The framed panel ought to be where access to the Sunday school space ought to be, but that doesn’t appear to be a movable wall. The darker doorways on the extreme left and right are more likely access into the entry vestibules.


The exterior of this building (from other on-line images) is a more or less traditional Gothic Revival design with architect E. Hill Turnock’s name associated with it. Some readers may recognize his name as a designer of several “Prairie School” buildings in Elkhart and, before that, “The Brewster” apartments on Chicago’s north side.