We are glad our good friends of the Milburn neighborhood are in a
fair way of having a new Church Edifice-a house of worship worthy
of that people-commensurate with their means and let us hope also
so far as architectural beauty of design is concerned, in
accordance with the improved ideas and tastes of the present
century; because, as we view such things, there is no excuse, at
the present day, with all the light that artistic genius has
thrown upon the beautiful art of architecture during the past
twenty years, for erecting any edifice, be it church or out-house,
exhibiting the clumsy, outlandish, unsymetrical country school
house notions of architecture of twenty years ago.
There is that which is beautiful in architecture, as well as in
nature, and as it is just as cheap to adopt the plan, when about
to erect a building, which harmonizes with the eye as to put up
the ugly uncouth affair which may be suggested by the old fogy,
one idea individual who perhaps twenty or more years ago, was
dubbed an Architect, yet who was endowed with so few and so poor a
quality of brains, that he has allowed the profession to go on and
leave him away back in the mud, with his old time, crude ideas
because, forsooth, he was too stubborn or too stupid, or both, to
notice that the world was moving on and leaving him behind.
This class of pretenders in architecture, have been a curse
to the country, and like quacks in anything else, the world over,
will continue to be an injury and do a vast amount of mischief.
We might enlarge upon this subject, but in connection with the
Millburn Church, perhaps it may be considered out of place. But
we will say right here, that our object in making these remarks in
this connection, is to induce the building committee of the
Millburn Church to throw away the ugly, uncouth, outlandish design
which some architectural quack at Kenosha has been imposing upon
them, and get a decent one from some source, one that they will
not feel ashamed of when the edifice shall be built, as we know
they would, should they go on and build after these plans. There
is no economy, we can assure our Millburn friends, in putting up
such in preference to something of a tasty, modern appearance.
The idea that it costs more to put a board in one shape than it
does in another is all moonshine. A neat, tastily constructed
church of modern design, can be built just as cheaply as one of
your old fashioned chronic, stiff looking affairs, after models of
the last century.
These are facts and we have the documents to prove what we say,
and hope our good friends at Millburn will not feel hard with us
for talking thus plain, because we do it, as we think, for their
ultimate good. We want them to have a neat looking comfortable
Church, one that we shall feel proud of; and if they imagine that
they cannot afford the outlay for such plans as they know they
would like and ought to have, let them call upon us and we will
put them in a way of securing what they desire in this connection,
quite free of expense.