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Presbyterian Church, Galesburg, IL

December 30, 2013


Don’t know much about this building yet, except that its congregation was formed by the joining of two other Presbyterian churches. Dedicated December 3, 1893, one source says “It is a handsome structure, of gray sandstone, and cost $62,000.  It was the first of the new stone churches here, and is the finest, with the exception of Central Church.  It seats nine hundred in the auditorium proper, and two thousand when the Sunday school rooms are thrown open.”

Sometimes this is so easy, the phrase “shooting fish in a barrel” comes to mind. What a phenomenal geometric composition: the windows puncturing those craggy stone surfaces, like Christmas cookies cut from shaggy dough. And that Frank Furness-like column holding what can only be describes as either A) a broken arch, or B) two half arches. This is more of that Chutzpah that our friend Mr Black defined so well.

I want to know what’s going on inside!

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