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Property Name First Presbyterian Church
Reference Number 13000917
State South Dakota
County McCook
Town Bridgewater
Street Address 351 N. Poplar
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/11/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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The First Presbyterian Church in Bridgewater, McCook County is significant statewide under Criterion C for Architecture as a rare example of a Prairie Style church building in South Dakota. The former church meets Criterion Consideration A for Religious Properties because of its architectural significance. The 1928 First Presbyterian Church exemplifies the Prairie aesthetic of emphasizing the horizontality of the landscape and creating a balanced design through spatial massing instead of extensive ornamentation. Architect Walter J. Dixon worked with Floyd Kings on substantial Prairie School and then Art Deco designs in the region around their headquarters in Mitchell, South Dakota, but this design was a product from a four-year period during which they had parted ways. The exterior architectural design retains excellent integrity to its date of construction. On the interior, there have been alterations in the finishing surface materials, but historic layout with a large open auditorium, woodwork that includes heavy panel doors, hardware, and lighting fixtures remain.


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