Friday, January 22, 2016

William Le Baron Jenney: First Congregational Church, Manistee, Michigan

William Le Baron Jenney, Principal Architect
First Congregational Church, 1892 
Manistee, Michigan 

A Michigan Historic Site, copy taken for the commemorative plaque presented outside the building. William Le Baron Jenney, eminent Chicago architect known as the “father of the skyscraper,” designed this beautiful Romanesque church. Completed in 1892, it features vibrant stained glass windows, two of which are of Tiffany design. The soaring rafters form a canopy over the curved hand-carved pews in the luminescent and graceful interior. Lumber, salt, and shipping industrialists of the late nineteenth century attended and supported this distinctive house of worship.

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