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Chapel in the Sky
Knox College's Old Main and Its Masonic Architect
R. Lance Factor
“Original and very informative. Factor’s analysis is persuasive, well researched, and contains many new insights. I was very impressed with his ability to deconstruct Old Main’s design and offer an entirely new way of examining and appreciating the building.”—Matthew Norman, Gettysburg College
“This well-illustrated study establishes clearly the architectural philosophy and Masonic values Ulricson applied to what became prominent Illinois National Historical Landmark structures.”—John Norton, 1958 Knox College graduate, former president of the Knox Alumni Association, and former vice-president of the board of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association
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 explores how an ardently Anti-Mason administration came to hire Ulricson. The mysterious Masonic architect left his legacy on both Knox’s Old Main and the Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, Illinois.
(2010) 180 pp., 31 illus.
R. Lance Factor is the G. A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, chair of the department of philosophy, and director of the religious studies program at Knox College.
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