St. John's in the PrairieThursday, 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).
The church was built in 1859 and is on the National Register. The bell out front is from a steamship.
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:
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:
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 in Jacksonville
St. Paul's of Lowndesboro:
...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:
One building in Alabama that Richard Upjohn and his firm *did* design is St. Paul's Episcopal in Selma: