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Ottawa Street M.E. Church, Joliet, IL

April 3, 2016


Situated at the northeast corner of Cass (a.k.a. Lincoln Highway) and Ottawa streets, this was one of several Methodist churches in Joliet, Illinois. Cornerstone ceremonies conducted by Bishop John Heyl Vincent, one of the inventors of the Akron Plan for religious education, suggest there may be something A-A going on in this sophisticated Neo-Classical design by Joliet architect George Julian Barnes. The Ottawa Street congregation merged with another Methodist group elsewhere in the city and the building was adapted as headquarters for the Joliet Are Historical Museum.


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