Delavan, Illinois Churches

The two main churches I found in Delavan are nice examples of Revival architecture in Nineteenth-Century America. The first church is a simple, but elegant Gothic Revival structure on the main street of the town.

The church features a wooden belfry I often see in rural churches; I wonder whether it would have originally been painted white, though.

The second church is a sleek example of Romanesque Revival style, though its massing is more like that of a Gothic church.

The brick is in beautiful shape, and I wonder if it was imported from St. Louis.

Like I mentioned above, the round windows are more typical of a Romanesque church, but yet it feels overall like a Gothic church as far as its proportions. It would be interesting to know why the architect took such an interesting eclectic approach to the design of the church.

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