In 1917, Fountain Street Church, then of American Gothic design, was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. In 1924, the congregation replaced the building with an edifice that drew heavily on Italian Romanesque design. This painting of the "new" church, was likely completed during the following spring of 1925.
In May of 1917, Alten, whose studio was in downtown Grand Rapids, sketched and then painted the structure while it was afire. See "Fountain Street Church Burning" (MIAR1051).