Vintage image by Paul Collier of Plainfield philanthropist George Babcock's home.
(courtesy of Plainfield Public Library).
Today's Hidden Plainfield is a reminder of an old saying that a certain kind of business is always first to see the benefit of historic preservation.
The home shown in the vintage photo from the Plainfield Public Library's collection of Paul Collier photographs belonged to Plainfield tycoon and benefactor George H. Babcock.
Babcock was an inventor whose name and fortune were made along with his partner Stephen Wilcox in the development of explosion-proof steam boilers (see more here).
The Babcock Building was on the site now occupied by McDonald's
(image courtesy Plainfield Public Library)
But he was also interested in the arts and architecture and was a benefactor of the Seventh Day Baptist Church on Central Avenue, whose spectacular terra cotta tilework and decorations were made by Babcock's terra cotta factory (see more in Old House Journal article here).
Terra cotta angels atop Seventh Day Baptist Church
summon all to the Judgment Day.
(Photo by Dan Damon)
- ASME: "George H. Babcock"
- Plainfield Public Library: "The Babcock Building"
- Old House Journal: "Clay in Context"