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Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN

July 7, 2017

Architectural presentation drawings, the sort shown to building committees and used for fund-raising, can be deceptive. There is no guarantee that the scheme shown in them was actually built. The Idlewild Presbyterian church standing in Memphis today is a very different Gothic Revival design completed in 1926 and added to the National Register in 2009. But its version of the Gothic (the “Collegiate” sort) is very different from the style shown in this postcard, so I suspect 1) this scheme was one of several being considered or 2) it was interrupted by something like World War I and replaced by the current design. I like the character of what is shown here and hope to learn more about its fate.

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