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Aerial view of the Second Presbyterian Church, undated.

This undated aerial shows a section of the east side of downtown Bloomington prior to the loss of much of the built environment to surface parking lots. Everything in the L-shaped blue box is gone, replaced by surface parking for State Farm Insurance and Second Presbyterian (Second Pres). The red No. 1 was the Irving Theatre; No. 2 old St. Matthews Episcopal Church; and No. 3 old First Church of Christ, Scientist. All three are gone, as are all the other residential and commercial buildings within the blue lines.
No. 4 shows the 1895 Second Pres sanctuary and No. 5 the U.S. Post Office built during the Great Depression. The church opened a new sanctuary in 2005, and the Depression-era post office building is now part of the church complex.
Oh, if you were wondering, No. 6 is the old post office (even older than the one Second Pres occupies today) and No. 7 is old Bloomington City Hall (City of Bloomington - City Hall). These two buildings are long gone.

Written By

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Posted in Historic Photos

February 12th, 2016