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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Holland's Pillar Church

The Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church is most often called the Pillar Church. Built in 1856, it is Holland's oldest church, being one of the few buildings that survived the huge fire of 1871. The founder of the city of Holland, Rev Albertus Van Raalte was its first pastor. This imposing structure stands right in the middle of downtown where everyone can hear their Wednesday 12:15 organ concerts  in the summer. Jonathan Tuuk is performing this week.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Suzie Martin: Your photo of the rooster weathervane on Pillar Church is wonderful! Could we get your permission to use it on the cover of our book? I am Joan ten Hoor, a Holland native, working with my long-time friend, Dawn Bredeweg, Pillar Church Historian, on an informal history of Pillar Church. The title is "The Rooster's Tale." Your picture is the best we've seen yet; we like the upward sight line. If you agree to let us use this image, we would need a large file, at least 300 dpi. Of course, you would be credited. We are also willing to pay a reasonable fee.
    Dawn has been a member of Pillar for 50 year. I attended regularly with my Dad when he was a member, and we held his memorial service there in 2007. Thank you for a beautiful image. We hope to hear from you soon. --Regards, Joan ten Hoor