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This looks like a store that would have been fun to wander around in, what with the wallpaper and paints and whatever else they stocked. I was by there on a Sunday and assumed it was out of business. I mean – look at the place! Imagine my surprise when, just this very minute, when I was researching this post, that I found it online and discovered that it’s actually open six days a week (although just until noon on Saturday).

Obviously, I will need to go back to St. Louis on not a Sunday to check it out. I’ll let you know what I find…

St. Louis, Missouri
photographed 7.3.2022

October 4

Another church….

Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church
Frankenstein, Missouri

photographed 6.19.2006

July 6

All I can recall with any sort of reliability is that this was taken in Kansas City. It might have been in an Anthropologie store. On the other hand, it might have been somewhere else.

Kansas City, Missouri

photographed 4.6.2011

July 5

Inside the sanctuary, looking out through wavy glass.

After World War II, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury was relocated from London to the grounds of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It is now part of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library.

For you famous-speech fans out there, Westminster College was the site of Churchill’s famous “iron curtain” speech in 1946.

And, for you pieces-of-the-Berlin-Wall fans, Churchill’s granddaughter Edwyna Sandy’s sculpture “Breakthrough” is on the grounds of the museum; the sculpture is constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall.

Fulton Missouri

photographed 6.2006

February 18

Say you are on a trip. In Missouri. With no real destination other than generally getting from St. Louis to Kansas City. And say you happen to notice on the map (because you are like that, preferring actual, paper maps over a GPS) a town called Frankenstein.

Of course you have to go!

And say, on your way through Frankenstein, you notice a big church (Our Lady, Help of Christians, as it turns out) with a playground and a graveyard beside it. You have to stop.

And, because you saw the town on the map and the church in the town, you also saw this: a caretaker’s hut, built of brick to match the church, with a white door held closed by a board.

It was a great trip.

Frankenstein, Missouri

photographed 6.2006

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