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Christian Church, Blue Mound, IL

October 22, 2016


Hundred-year-old postcard views of unexceptional churches in out-of-the-way places invariably look better (to me) than google street views do today. Is that google’s problem? Or mine?

Blue Mound is a small town southwest of Springfield (or southeast of Decatur; either direction will get you there) that boasts three churches—Christian, Methodist, and Church of God—which means I won’t be going there soon, drawn as I am to the liturgical traditions, rather than the evangelical. That being admitted, First Christian is still an excellent variation of the theme of two masses (auditorium and Sunday School) articulated with entries of primary and secondary importance. The simplest of those is the A-B-a-b variety, which this is not.

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