No, it's not Hood River but what a great old church building. I'm guessing this is also from Great Falls Montana, but it could be anyplace between here and there. I'm not sure how to describe it-- maybe "frugal elegance?" Small, carefully placed stained glass windows, intricate but inexpensive woodwork, small but stately steeple. I wish we had an interior view.
If you look closely you can see the year "1889" in the woodwork above the door. While it looks like good sturdy frontier construction, I doubt it has survived into the 21st century. But I'm sure you can imagine it on a Sunday in the 1890's, town folk arriving on the wood plank sidewalk in their Sunday best, eager for a brief respite from the toil of frontier life.
Photo courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon.
As mentioned, great but frugal detail, beautiful simplicity
Kenn on 8th February 2017 @ 7:11am
And it looks like the other buildings in the bleak landscape are large and well constructed.
L.E. on 8th February 2017 @ 9:14am
They had telegraph lines, wherever they were. Funny to see overhead cables ruining photographic compositions even this far back...
Kyle on 8th February 2017 @ 11:05am
Kyle, I choose to view overhead wires from a history sleuthing instead of aesthetic point of view. For example, I use the number of crossbeams and wires on the Oak Street telephone poles to help date images. I'm frequently zooming in on wires and poles to examine the details of the connection for clues.
Arthur on 8th February 2017 @ 11:40am
Is the featured star symbol common to Episcopal Churches?
Also, I wonder what the numbers 889 over the door represent?
I am wondering if this could be a commune.
L.E. on 8th February 2017 @ 12:10pm
That's "1889" organized like this:
Presumably the year of construction.
Arthur on 8th February 2017 @ 12:42pm
It reminds me of the simpler Locust Grove Church.
Kevin on 8th February 2017 @ 4:09pm
Also has some similarities to the old Antelope church.
Sorry Arthur. I did not read your introduction thoroughly about 1889.
The work is so intricate and detailed, it reminds me of Scandinavian carpentry. I have spent the day looking through 1889 Montana churches, but came up with nothing. I did learn about the African Methodist Episcopal congregations established in Montana as early as 1889.
There was a Norwegian-Danish Methodist Episcopal church organization. The wooden Portland church, built in 1888 is still standing. Sally Donvan was involved in listing it with Historic Properties.
It is a large building, but not as pretty as the above church.
L.E. on 8th February 2017 @ 5:35pm
Here's another great big old church, identified as the Methodist church in Odell, about 1912.
Nancy T on 8th February 2017 @ 7:56pm
Looking at the grass around the church and the roof design which would catch sparks, I can't imagine that the building lasted long before being taken out by a prairie fire.
Longshot on 8th February 2017 @ 10:02pm
Arthur, I'm a day late here but could you share photo with Great Falls museum to ask if they can identify it? I checked and it looks like they have a good history museum.
cg on 9th February 2017 @ 8:17am
Good idea. I always like to notify "the locals" when we have relevant photos.
Arthur on 9th February 2017 @ 8:23am