Saturday, July 12, 2008
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During these lovely economic times when air travel has become more expensive, I've been trying to explore a little more locally. A recent trip to Southern Indiana prompted an architect friend to recommend that I check the United Methodist Church in Versailles, IN (for those not familiar with the town - the city has adopted the Hoosier pronunciation, thus we say Ver-sales - how quaint). I had no address and wondered if I would be able to find it. One look at the 'skyline' of Versailles and I had no doubt. 100 feet above the ground stood the cast aluminum spire.
As you get closer you notice the copper roof - only the second of its kind in the United States at the time. The Art Deco building was designed by Odle, McGuire & Schook of Indianapolis with the ideas that Uncle Jim (as local philanthropist James Tyson liked to be called) brought back from around the world. It was built at a cost of $150,000 and was dedicated in May 1937.
There are no nails in the building; it is constructed of stone, concrete, steel, terra cotta, brick, glazed and glass brick; with the elimination of wood except for furnishings. It's called Tyson "Temple" because hammers were not heard in its construction just as when Israel built its temple.
Sadly we arrived late in the evening and didn't get a chance to look inside but apparently the attention to detail continues throughout the interior. I'll tell you all about that after my next trip...
Special thanks to Karen at Tyson United Methodist Church for supplying me with more details.