|Other Camp Meeting Auditoriums
by Debbie Robison |
December 12, 2009
The Purcellville Bush Meeting Auditorium, constructed in 1903, is similar to other evangelical meeting pavillions. They were often constructed at campgrounds that attracted thousands of people.
Set within a maintained lawn and surrounded by trees, the amphitheatre of Ottawa Chautauqua Grounds, near
Postcard of Ottawa Chautauqua Auditorium, mailed in 1909.
John Franklin Grimes, in his book The Romance of the American Camp Meeting, depicts a building called
The Temple that has some similarities with the Purcellville auditorium. Rather than the sliding doors at Purcellville that
could be opened to allow for a greater audience, this auditorium had shades hinged at the eave that could be lifted. It was
located at the Lancaster Camp Ground in
The Temple, Lancaster Camp Ground, Image Courtesy Google Books
The Sulphur Springs Methodist Campground, located in
Sulpher Springs Methodist Campground Auditorium, Washington County, TN, Historic American Buildings Survey, Photo Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
The auditorium at the Salem Campground near
Salem Campground Auditorium, near Covington, GA, Historic American Buildings Survey, Photo Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
The timber framing and connections shown in this photo of the interior of the Salem Campground Auditorium, while having some similarities to those in the Purcellville auditorium, shows that there were several methods used to support a large roof over a spacious meeting hall.
Interior Timber Framing of Salem Campground Auditorium, near Covington, GA, Historic American Buildings Survey, Photo Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Franklin Grimes, “The Romance of the American Camp Meeting,” The Caxton Press,