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Congregational Church, Hinsdale, IL

August 12, 2017

Hinsdale, in the western suburbs of Chicago but well within commuting distance, is a prosperous community with several well-established church congregations. Union Church is affiliated with the UCC (previously the Congregational denomination) and their building seems of the 1915-1920 vintage. It has some slight similarity with the work of Guenzel & Drummond, who were members of the “Prairie School” but often drifted into the late Gothic Revival.

So strongly linear is the impression given that I was hesitant to spend much time investigating it. I was surprised to find a plan, albeit a recent one, showing the current interior configuration, which does indeed show an auxiliary space adjacent to the auditorium that could have been a previous Sunday school.

That thin line between them, representing a movable partition, shows in a YouTube video.

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