The Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, Missouri, is a rare architectural treasure: an 1870 Carpenter Gothic wood nave, a 1927-28 High Gothic Revival stone chancel and modern parish hall, classrooms and offices, all joined in an harmonious if unusual ensemble. Located on the northeast corner of Kimbrough and East Walnut streets, Christ Episcopal was successfully nominated to the National Register of Historic Places by St. Louis preservationist Mary Stiritz and Ozarks historian Robert Flanders. Its significance in the architectural history of Springfield and the Ozarks results from the preservation of that ensemble of 19th and 20th century Gothic Revival structures in one living building of great integrity. Christ Episcopal is also the oldest surviving church building in Springfield, and one of the few among surviving contemporaries in the Ozarks region to possess such a high degree of integrity (i.e. little changed from the original appearance).
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.