Pettit Memorial Chapel

1100 N. Main St., Belvidere, Illinois

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Overview

The Pettit Memorial Chapel was built in 1907 by Emma Pettit as a memorial to her deceased husband, Dr. William H. Pettit. Dr. Pettit practiced in Iowa where he was extremely popular. Mrs. Pettit commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the memorial for a cemetery in Belvidere, Illinois, Dr. Pettit's home town.

It is thought to be Wright's first design using his Prairie Style and is the only building he designed specifically for a cemetery setting.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1978
Reference number
78001112
Architectural style
American Movement: Prairie School
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1906

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