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Methodist Church, River Forest, IL

November 30, 2016


“Prairie School” was widely interpreted as a style in the years of its greatest popularity — basically 1900 to the outbreak of WWI. In the hands of Guenzel & Drummond, for example, the abstractions of Frank Lloyd Wright were often tempered with elements drawn from the Gothic Revival. The Methodist church in River Forest (a Chicago suburb immediately west of Oak Park) blends the two styles almost equally.

The entry tower signals the junction [there was a movable partition] between Sunday School to the left and auditorium to the right. The plan was published in a 1915 issue of The Western Architect.


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