Hale Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, Main Street, Peoria, Illinois

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Right at the intersection of Main and High Streets, this magnificent church sits in splendid abandonment.

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It’s strange, since it sits right at the entrance of the West Bluff Historic District.  Surely there is a use for it?  Perhaps it is tied up in litigation?

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I have a feeling a lot of the original ornamentation has been lost, but there are still lots of great details left.

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Update: Due to the much appreciated help of a reader, this church has been identified and the title updated. Read more about the church here.



  1. Small world! I’m from the Peoria area.

    According to the neighbors, this is being converted into a non-profit of sorts. I forget exactly what the cause was going to be, but I think it was in hopes of creating community based jobs. I’m not sure if they are actually working on it because it did look abandoned – bricks were even falling out of the back wall.

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