Former Congregational Church of Loon Lake - Loon Lake, WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 03.758 W 117° 37.816
11U E 453041 N 5323453
Quick Description: This church may well have been the first built in the town of Loon Lake. Luckily, it escaped the fire of 1931, which levelled most of the business district.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 1/5/2015 1:40:02 PM
Waymark Code: WMN6NY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
Views: 1

Long Description:
Not much information is available on this church. However, Pages 11 and 12 of the July 26th, 1911 edition of The Pacific, a newsletter of the Congregational Churches of the Pacific Coast, states that cornerstone laying ceremonies for this church took place on the afternoon and evening of July 21st, 1911. The cornerstone was laid by Reverend W.J, Hindley, mayor of Spokane. The building was to cost $3,000 and the pastor was to be Reverend James N. Lavender.

It is unknown when the church closed. An obituary of 2005 refers to the deceased, George Foos, as having been active in the church, however. When we visited it was closed, but the locals related that it was undergoing interior renovations and was to reopen soon. Under which denomination, they did not know.

Architecturally, the wood frame church is very much typical of the fashion of the time, having a large steeple offset to one corner, the building and sanctuary being a simple rectangle. It appears to retain its original stained glass, hung in wooden sash windows. A large vestibule has been added to the front and the wood shakes on the roof and spire have been replaced with steel sheeting, but otherwise the church appears much the same as it did on the day it was completed. A notice of the church's reopening after the addition of the vestibule was printed and can be seen below. The date is unknown. Further small changes have taken place since the publication of that notice.

Church
Notice of the church's reopening

Church
The church shortly after completion

Reformed or Congregational Denomination: Congregational Churches of the Pacific Coast

Associated Website: [Web Link]

Status: Inactive/Vacant/Ruin

Address:
Maple Street & Colville Road
Loon Lake, WA USA
99148


Date of Construction or Event Occurrence: 7/21/1911

Architect: Not listed

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