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Linwood Boulevard Christian Church, Kansas City, MO

March 19, 2017

Postcard publishers often took their subjects out of context, eliminating any sense of a building’s surroundings. Linwood Boulevard Christian Church might be on a suburban campus rather than the heart of a dense urban neighborhood. This second view, however — while not as clear nor as endearingly colorful — show the church as the strong anchor of a block on a heavily trafficked street (Linwood Boulevard).

The Sanborn map of that area reveals the importance of that role, though, sadly, it does little to confirm the presence of an Akron Sunday school.

Finally, this last image yields a more detailed and nuanced façade study, rich with textures and three-dimensionality. The site is now a parking lot.

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