Calvary Mennonite Church, Washington, Illinois

This stately church has been central to my family’s history for over one hundred years. My grandfather used his team of horses to excavate the basement, and attended the church for decades. It’s a beautiful example of Beaux-Arts Neo-Classicism, and sits amongst a street of noble Victorian Period houses.

Back in the 1940’s or 50’s, the church built a Sunday School addition in Mid-Century Modernist style. It originally boasted a front porch on the addition with the coolest little Modernist filigree that looked like a rectangular flame. As can be seen, the porch has been torn down in the last year or two. That is a shame, as it melded well with the more Neo-Classical lines of the original church.

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