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First Methodist Episcopal Church

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1889. Northwest corner of Court and Pearl streets

This church and the Presbyterian church across the street form a small-scale urban composition. Their small size and low scale are really suburban, and they provide appropriate backdrops to the distant county courthouse and its tower. The Methodist Episcopal church is Romanesque Revival; if it were covered in shingles rather than brick one would probably label it as an example of the Shingle style. The entrance tower of this church was placed toward the center of one side, and there is a deep entrance porch within its base. A post-World War II flat-roofed “modernist” addition has been added unsympathetically to one side of the building.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First Methodist Episcopal Church", [Bedford, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 310-311.

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