St. John's in the Prairie

Thursday, July 11, 2013

In Forkland, Alabama, there's one of the prettiest churches anywhere: St. John's in the Prairie (that was actually moved here in 1878 from south of Greensboro).

St. John's in the Prairie Episcopal, Forkland AL

The church was built in 1859 and is on the National Register.  The bell out front is from a steamship.
St. John's in the Prairie Episcopal, Forkland AL

St. John's in the Prairie Episcopal, Forkland AL
The gentleman in the pew above? A mannequin.

Something Av and I are researching: the stained glass window of the Ten Mitzvot (Ten Commandments) in Hebrew, presented by Simon Levy:
St. John's in the Prairie Episcopal, Forkland AL

The building was designed by those of Richard Upjohn from his 1852 Upjohn's Rural Architecture: Designs, Working Drawings, and Specifications for a Wooden Church, and Other Rural Structures book.  Another church in Alabama that was done from that book is St. Andrew's in Prairieville:
St. Andrew's Church, Prairieville AL

Also: St. John's in Tuscumbia:
Permission for image used, courtesy Library of Congress, LC-DIG-highsm-0868

St. Luke's that's been moved back to Old Cahawba:
St. Luke's, Old Cahawba AL

St. Luke's in Jacksonville

St. Paul's of Lowndesboro:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lowndesboro AL

...and when I was thinking of small churches with this style, I thought of Mt. Olivet Chapel in Pineville LA, which also came from Upjohn's book:
Mt. Olivet Chapel, Pineville LA

One building in Alabama that Richard Upjohn and his firm *did* design is St. Paul's Episcopal in Selma:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Selma AL

Upjohn's only surviving Italian villa design for the South, Kenworthy Hall, is on the market right now, in Marion, Alabama -- this pic taken in 2011:

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