An interesting resource I've been going through lately is the American Architect and Building News magazine. AABN was a trade magazine for architects, it featured articles about building designs and general goings-on in the industry.
The magazine ended publication in 1938 and was absorbed by the Architectural Record.
The Online Books Library through the University of Pennsylvania put together a very useful page with searchable digitized editions of the magazines from 1878 to 1922.
As I research H.M. Francis, I'm going through this resource to find news about building designs he may have submitted and were in competition with other architects. In some cases, at the Historical Society, I've found buildings he designed that were never built.
I believe I found one instance of competing designs in Vol. 37 of the magazine.
There is an entry on page viii that lists a competition for the Congregational Church design in Orange, Massachusetts.
|Fig. 1: Page viii with a listing of a competitive design for the Congregational Church in Orange, MA|
865 refers to the number of the journal, and that is where we find this:
|Fig. 2: Description of A.C. Fernald's design|
Unfortunately, there is no description of Francis's design in this volume, but I did find a color drawing of his church design.
|Fig. 3: Hand-colored drawing of Francis's design for First Congregational Church in Orange, MA|