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Two in Northern Illinois

May 3, 2017

Serendipity comes at the oddest times. Otherwise it wouldn’t be serendipitous.

This postcard view of a Presbyterian church at Paw Paw, Illinois encouraged me to look for other images. That, in turn, brought me to a familiar eBay store with a 50% deal on the second of two cards. And that search led to  the image of a Methodist Episcopal church in Richmond, also a northern Illinois community. Google says they’re 89.8 miles apart, one hour and thirty-seven minutes travel time, which suggests the independence from one another.

OK, tell me I’m imagining things: despite slight differences in material — Paw Paw uses brick — they are essentially the same building. They could certainly be products of a plan book or catalogue but they might also be commissions from the same architect, or, as Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Pull down #53 and put a bay window in it for the lady.”

I love my work — even if no one else does.

UPDATE [04OCT2017]: The Richmond church has become a “Community” congregation, meaning multi-denominational.

ILrichmondCommunity.jpg

2 Comments
  1. Cass Shannon permalink

    There is the English Congregational United Church in Big Rock, IL about 20 miles from Paw Paw that is almost identical to the church in Paw Paw.

    • Thanks for that reference. I’ll keep an eye out for postcard images and on-line information. Still haven’t identified the designer/architect of theses buildings.

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