The cornerstone at the First Congregational Church in Riverside, California was laid on December 1, 1912 and has remained in place with the completed building for 99 years. While I did take some liberties in terms of emphasizing the grunge when rendering this image, the building in real life does look almost as worn as it does here. I don’t know if that is a factor of the material used to construct the building or not, but I would expect this kind of “wear” to be present on a building that is five centuries old, but not just under a century as in this case.
This building and the adjacent parsonage (which I will share later in the week) has a lot of character which is what attracted me to it and I find cornerstones very interesting. This cornerstone certainly seems to express the beliefs of those who laid it and utilized the finished structure. It does seem very appropriate if you subscribe to the beliefs, in this context.