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German Evangelisch Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Benton Park West, Fall 2020

I’ve always liked this church, and in fact I know I’ve photographed it before in the past, but now I can’t find that post. In particular, the dramatic double portal in the front façade is what has always drawn me to it.

It’s a classic northern German Gothic Revival church overall in massing and style, but then we get to these two doors, and then we get this eclectic classical entablature that climbs up and down.

And just look at those pink granite columns, no doubt from the hinterland down near Elephant Rocks State Park, where the quarries supplied St. Louis with its igneous rock beauty for building.

The church has a great façade around on the Oregon side, with its towering spire.

Back around on Utah, the Sunday School wing matches the architecture of the church.

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