Address: 110 East Vine Street
Architectural Style: Neo-Gothic
Year Built: 1915-1916
Architect/Builder: Walter M. Early
Original Owner: Unknown

The original church, built in 1850, was replaced by the present structure when construction began in 1915.  Walter M. Early, a Mount Vernon local, was awarded the contract of supervising construction, and there is some speculation that he may even have been the architect responsible for its design.  Among the church's Gothic features are two towers facing East Vine Street, both with lancet windows, battlements, and large lance windows with beautiful stained glass.  White sandstone trim accents the brick walls, including the keystone at the tip of the lancet arches.  The interior is based on the Akron Plan, and many of its original features, such as pews, balcony, and organ pipes have been preserved.  The brick vestibule was added at a later time.

The Akron Plan was a highly popular interior design in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, especially as architectural pattern books became more readily available to the general population.  The most recognizable aspect of the Akron Plan, first used at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio in 1872, is the auditorium-like arrangement of the pews surrounding the pulpit.  It is further defined by a series of classrooms that connect directly to the sanctuary.  Developed by architect Jacob Snyder, philanthropist Lewis Miller, and Walter Blythe, it was thought that this design would enhance the worship experience by creating a more efficient pattern of movement between Sunday school classes and the call to worship.  The Akron Plan was highly popular among Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Congregationalists.

 


 

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