Methodist Architecture in the UK and US

First Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, OH / an "Akron Plan" church and S.S.

Greetings, Methodists: I’m writing from the U.S.A. with a question about 19th century Methodist architecture. During 1880-1920, there was a phenomenon here called the Akron Plan, what began as a Sunday School system or methodology and eventually came to be applied to the whole plan of a church. It’s major characteristic as the latter was the ability to join the meeting room with the Sunday School by means of movable walls. The sole reference I find to any of this was a series of articles beginning about 1879 by Charles Maylard, an architect promoting the S.S. aspect. These articles were reprinted in architecture journals but they make reference to them having already appeared in “Church Sunday School Magazine”, which may be an incorrect citation, because we’ve been unable to locate them. I would be most interested in an exchange with anyone curious about whatever British counterpart there may have been to our “Akron Plan” — named BTW for our city of Akron, Ohio. I can be reached at
Thanks for your interest,
Ron Ramsay

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