Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crystal Hill, Polk County

According to a nice gentleman who lives nearby, this was a schoolhouse during the week and a church on Sunday. He told me many of the old one room schoolhouses in the area served such double-duty. Consolidation closed the school and folks drifted away to larger churches.

Crystal Hill is east of Grannis.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Church of the Nazarene, Marshall

A unique and beautiful little church. There's usually a cornerstone built into the native rock foundation of a church such as this, but I couldn't find one.

What's not to like here? The pointed arches, the simple but elegant use of stained glass, the paintwork that highlights the glass, the neo-Victorian bell tower...

I have seen this church every time I've driven through Marshall, as Highway 65 bends within a few feet of its back wall.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Quitman United Methodist

There is a cornerstone dated 1881, but I imagine it was from a previous church structure.

This looks to me to be a bell tower, but I have never seen one separate from a church. Anyone know or care to speculate?