Built according to plans by Archie Schaeffer and Phillip Hooton in 1929, the State Farm Insurance Building in downtown Bloomington was added on to repeatedly over the years. They moved out in 1974 to a giant Modernist complex on the… Continue Reading
The cool proto-modern Ensenberger, with elements of Art-Deco styling, has now been converted into condos. Designed by Arthur L. Pillsbury and Phillip Hooten, it opened in 1926. Apparently, the current facade is newer than the building itself, having been reskinned… Continue Reading
The old Corn Belt Bank Building is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival skyscraper architecture, designed by George Miller in 1901. Louis Sullivan was already active, but by no means was his style universally accepted. Conservative architecture, such as shown… Continue Reading
I suppose not every city can have a cemetery as amazing as St. Louis’s Bellefontaine Cemetery, but the Evergreen Cemetery is Bloomington’s entry into the competition. Simple, austere, with only a few notable monuments, it nonetheless presents an island of… Continue Reading
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is a masterpiece of Art-Deco architecture for worship spaces. Designed by Arthur F. Moratz, the church was built in 1934 with insurance money when the original structure burned down. Presaging Modernism, the church still shows… Continue Reading
I find a lot of Romanesque Revival churches a bit interesting, in that while they possess the decorative and stylistic elements of the Romanesque, they frequently possess the massing of a Gothic church.
Bloomington’s east side possesses a wealth of architecture, well maintained, healthy and classic. Here are some of the houses I saw. Heavy on the Italianate, and then on the Queen Anne Style, as many Illinois towns are, I was interested… Continue Reading