First M.E. Church, Akron, Ohio

First Methodist Episcopal Church

The First Methodist Episcopal Church on the corner of Broadway and Church Streets. This building was destroyed by a fire in 1911.

Thanks to Lewis Miller’s (1829-99) Akron Plan, First Methodist Episcopal Church of Akron was at the center of an architectural movement to improve the Sunday school experience. Under Miller’s plan, Sunday schools were built in a radiating pattern extending from a central assembly hall. When classroom doors were opened students in every room could view a speaker in the central hall. The arrangement accommodated a collective opening exercise for all the children while the doors were open, and level specific instruction when the doors were closed.

Akron Plan

Akron Plan

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