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A family grouping in Chicago

February 16, 2018

The pyramidal church with corner polygon may be the conception of Cincinnati architects Brown & Davis — and the other iterations, Brown Burton & Davis, Crapsey & Brown, et al. — who briefly had an office in Chicago. It will be interesting to compare the construction dates for these five churches with the presence of B&D. I’m also uncertain how many, if any, have survived.

Brown & Davis’s many churches of this type either 1) place the entry vestibule-narthex at the corner or 2) put the altar-pulpit there. I suspect that most, if not all, of this group can be safely attributed to them on family resemblance alone. As more information accumulates, I’ll append it here:

  • First Baptist Church (Austin)
  • Eighth Presbyterian Church
  • St Paul Methodist Church
  • Normal Park Presbyterian Church, Ashland Blvd and Harrison St
  • Woodlawn Park Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington Blvd and Robey St

The “lantern” in the first and last of these is also a B&D trademark.

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