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Methodist Episcopal Church, Monticello, IL

June 25, 2017

How have I overlooked this nearly perfect example of an A-A church successfully transformed for secular use. Probably my dependence on postcard clues.

From its sophisticated Classical Revival proportion and details, I’d place this about 1910. The congregation has relocated to a much newer building on the edge of the city, leaving this still substantial building vulnerable to unjustified demolition. There are some who would decry the adaptive use of formerly sacred space for secular purpose — there was a case in my own community where a congregation could have sold their building for use as a law office (i.e., not a strip club) but preferred demolition — but the Lincoln community seem to have embraced it being born again as a brew pub. These images are from the local newspaper’s coverage of the conversion and of the transition itself.

Pardon a trip down memory lane while I recall how many times I drove through Lincoln on Old Route #66 on my way to college.

Oh, and not incidentally, while looking for this building on google.maps, I located three other A-A nominees not already in the database and also without postcard documentation.

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