Struck by lighting, within minutes, The Euclid Avenue Congregational Church went up in a blaze. Within a couple of days, it will be a memory ... as it being completely demolished.
Dedicated in December 1887, the church was built from Ohio sandstone in the Romanesque style. To it's (former) left, across a parking lot, stands it's ecclesiastical neighbor — East Mount Zion Baptist Church. Between the two structures, East Mount Zion gets most of the architectural attention. Euclid Avenue Congregational's beauty was restrained. You really had to study it see just how deceptively beautiful it truly was. The church was solid, well-proportioned and elegantly designed.
My condolences to the congregation of The Euclid Avenue Congregational Church on the loss of their spiritual home.
PHOTOS: left: Cleveland Memory Project; right: John Kuntz, The Cleveland Plain Dealer