During our visit to Marion, recently, we took a tour of the Williamson County Historical Society Jail Museum and Library. From the basement to the attics, every inch of the building is used to display interesting artifacts from a bygone era. I was also on the lookout for doors and there were several that caught my eye.
The museum is housed in the former Sheriff’s residence which was also the local jail (more of this in a future post) and not only can you see the original cells but also re-creations of a local bank, grocery store, doctor’s office and school room, amongst other things. As I said, they utilize every scrap of space and we were amazed at how much they had managed to cram into four floors. It was one of the most interesting historical museums that we have ever visited. After spending some time at the museum we drove on to Carbondale where we stopped at a gas station for a fill-up and I couldn’t resist getting a shot of some restaurant doors nearby.
Our reason for visiting Carbondale was to see the Jeremy Rochman Memorial Park, a father’s touching tribute to a 19-year-old son who was tragically killed in a car accident. Jeremy was a great fan of Dungeons and Dragons and the park is filled with characters from this popular game (the subject of another future post.)
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The first thing I thought of when we arrived in Marion, Illinois, was that I had to find doors. Not just any doors but ones that might make a good picture, so off we went to Tower Square Plaza to see what we could come up with. The Marion Cultural and Civic Center on Market Street looked like a good place to start. After a fire destroyed the former Civic Center in 1997, a new facility was erected in 2004, incorporating parts of the old building that had survived the fire. The ornate doorway was rather difficult to capture since it is so closely enclosed by the entryway but I gave it my best shot.
The red doors of the First United Methodist Church on Main Street really caught my eye.
The Marion Carnegie Library, made possible in part by an $18,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, was opened to the public in 1916. At that time it had 1,162 books and 680 borrowers.
Not nearly as grand are the green doors that can be found on the side of the old Post and Press building, built in 1907, that used to house The Marion Daily Republican newspaper.
After spending the morning looking around the downtown area in Marion, we went on to visit an interesting place called Mandala Gardens, more of which I’ll be featuring in an upcoming post.
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It’s good to see Norm back at Thursday Doors with lots of great pictures after his well-deserved vacation. Photogenic doors have been few and far between during my daily round, this year, but I did come across this colorful door in the Idea Garden at Cantigny Park in Wheaton the other day.
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Looking for something bright and cheerful on a cold winter’s day, I decided on these car doors for Norm’s Thursday Doors. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m no car expert but I do appreciate the colors and aesthetics of some of the vintage cars on display at various places such as our local Bluesmobile Cruise Night and Volo Auto Museum. For more on Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/thursday-doors-february-9-2017/
I had planned on using a different set of pictures for Thursday Doors this week, but after reading Norm’s thoughtful and moving post this morning they seemed much too frivolous. Instead I found a few images that I hope will convey my feelings. Wherever and however you choose to worship, may you find peace.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
The Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
St. Peters Church at Old World Wisconsin.
St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri.
St Matthias Church in New Fane, Wisconsin.
The Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.
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No, I’m not going to get into discussing politics but I thought this might be a good topic for this week’s Thursday Doors given the current political climate. These pictures were taken a couple of years ago at the State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/thursday-doors-january-19-2017/
One of the most beautiful buildings in the State of Illinois is the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette. The Baha’i’s believe that the number nine symbolizes perfection and completion and there are nine entrances to the auditorium which means there’s plenty of scope for photographing doors. For more on Norm’s Thursday Doors go to https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/thursday-doors-december-8-2016/