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Congregational Church, Huron, SD

August 6, 2014

Congregational Church Huron, SD

The Economist for 24 May 1919 links the name of Chicago architect William C. Jones with this design in Huron—a $40,000 project. Jones’s name may not be a household word in architectural history, but you might be surprised to learn that, when Louis Sullivan’s design for Saint Paul’s Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, IA went way over budget, the client brought in Jones to trim the project of most of Sullivan’s ornamental excesses (not my judgment) and that is the church that you see today. It’s hardly the conception presented by Louie. Jones was a stylistic pragmatist who worked in multiple design modes as the situation warranted. In this case, Classical Revival.

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