One of my projects this summer, when not on the trails, is to go wandering about town with my camera. We have so much wonderful history in Black Diamond, it's fun to see the historic areas as they are today and try to visualize what it was like to live here in earlier times. I probably have more fun stopping and talking with people along the way than anything, but the photography is fun too. Periodically over the summer, I'll post some photos from my wanders comparing community landmarks as they were and are Then and Now - starting today with St. Barbara Church on Lawson Hill.
Originally built in 1910, St. Barbara Church is impressive - classic design and built to be "what churches should look like".
Photo courtesy Black Diamond Historical Society, circa 1910
The above image was originally published in the Enumclaw Herald along with an article celebrating the St. Barbara Church dedication. Total cost of construction and finishing touches - $2,200. Quite a legacy.
A photo taken in the 1950's shows little change except for a new parish hall, providing office space and meeting rooms. The church itself, at least on the exterior, appears to be unaltered and clearly well maintained.
Photo courtesy Black Diamond Historical Society, circa 1950's
What does St. Barbara Church look like today? Here's a photo taken during my recent wanderings.
My goodness! The original church is now over 100 years old and there is no mistaking the building's origins. It has been wonderfully cared for. What a jewel for our community and in many ways, symbolic of our community's uniqueness. We in Black Diamond love our history and take great pride in where we live - Then and Now.