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Description: First Plymouth Congregational Church (1928-1931), Lincoln, Nebraska. Harold Van Buren Magonigle (1867-1935), Architect, in association with Robert William McLaughlin, Jr. (1900-1989), Architect. (LC13:D07-045) Detail of the south facade, showing the inset entrance and light columns at the base of the bands of colored tile inserts.
The brick coursing is said to be unique in American building of the time, and was inspired by a study, conducted by McLaughlin, of the brickwork on the Stockholm City Hall, 1907-1923, by architect Ragnar Östberg. The First Plymouth coursing utilizes five sizes of brick, laid in a kind of 'coursed random ashlar' pattern. The random pattern is constructed as six courses of stretchers of various lengths to each bond course, the latter of which is comprised of both headers and stretchers, also laid in random pattern. This serves to disguise the bond course so as to blend it with the patterned texture of the rest of the wall.
Over the patterned texture of the wall mass is a larger random pattern of what appears to be two prominent types of headers; one a large golden-colored stretcher, the other a two-course-thick block fired in two shades of deep rose.
The colors of the brickwork were selected by the architects to represent the concept of “true color.” “Three fundamental colors, old rose, mulberry, and old gold, have been combined, the two basic colors, the gold and the old rose being used as the true colors of Nebraska, the rose for the sunsets, the gold for the harvest fields. This color thought has not been carried out in this country in a monumental public building, experiments with shaded brick work having been confined only to small spaces in other structures.
Quote and information from Lulu Mae Coe, “Lincoln continues its building activity,” Lincoln Sunday Star (October 1, 12, 1930): D-1
Date: Photo, May 2013.
Credit Line: © D. Murphy Photograph.
Source: D. Murphy, DM201305_153.NEF.
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