Only a month afterward the ground was broken on the corner of Spencer and Broadway streets for a fine new church building. Although the street names were changed to 7th Avenue and 23rd Streets the following year, the church has kept its original name of Broadway Presbyterian to the present day.
The cornerstone, said to be Joliet limestone, was laid on May 2, 1876. Its contents included local histories, newspapers, and one unexpected item – a picture of the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition buildings. The church structure itself appears to be of the Joliet stone, a sturdy, yellowish dolomitic limestone cut from quarries along the Des Plaines River. Joliet stone was also used for some of the Rock Island Arsenal buildings.
Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr.We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.