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Walnut Street Baptist Church, Waterloo, IA

February 9, 2015

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Walnut Street Baptist Church was built at Waterloo in 1908 from the plans of local architect Clinton Schockley. Even this long Walnut Street elevation only suggests the complexity and inter-connectedness of the interior spaces, which can be perceived much better from the air. It nearly fills the isosceles triangular site bounded by Walnut, Lime Street and a public alley.

The original congregational relocated to the suburbs and sold the building to another Baptist group who occupy it today. The prow-like shape reminds me of the Duluth Public Library by Gunnar Birkerts.

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