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Chapel in the Sky: Knox College's Old Main and Its Masonic Architect

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Knox College’s Old Main—a national landmark and the only extant building that was a site of the Lincoln-Douglas debates—is a campus treasure with a secret. Built in 1857, Old Main was designed by Charles Ulricson, a Swedish-born immigrant who was trained by Freemasons. In Chapel in the Sky, Knox faculty member Lance Factor decodes the symbols of this beloved building and ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Northern Illinois University Press (first published 2009)
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Andrew Alexander
Mar 02, 2010 Andrew Alexander rated it it was amazing
Factor does an amazing job getting to the heart of this building. Even if Old Main is not one of your favorite places in the world, this book is immensely interesting. If you are interested in Knox College, the occult, architecture, or philosophy, I think this is the perfect book for a 3-hour train ride. It's not too dense, it's not too long, it's actually kind of perfect.
Michael Spires
Mar 23, 2010 Michael Spires rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Knox College alumni, American historians, architectural historians, Masonic historians
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A thoroughly researched book on a lovely and important building that far too few people know about--and whose history even fewer know. The work was necessarily highly speculative with regard to the architect's intentions, but in all other respects this book is meticulously researched and engagingly presented. It makes a pleasant modern companion to Earnest Elmo Calkins's They Broke the Prairie and Hermann Muelder's Missionaries and Muckrakers as essential reading for anyone interested in the his ...more
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