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First Presbyterian Church, East Saint Louis, IL

January 27, 2016


East Saint Louis is a wasteland on the Mississippi River shore opposite the more prosperous city of Saint Louis. Looking at it from the air this afternoon was depressing. In fact, Wikitravel has this to say about it: “East St. Louis is most emphatically NOT a tourist destination. The city features as having the highest crime rate in the United States in the FBI’s 100 most dangerous cities list and is perceived by many as “America’s most dangerous city.” First Presbyterian, wherever it may have been located, has long since disappeared, leaving only postcard images of what I’m guessing may have been a classic A-1 example of the A-A plan. The architect and date of construction are as yet unknown.

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