Update: Edited for content in July of 2021.
We spotted this stunning dome through the trees as we drove through Mattoon, Illinois.
As we approached, we came to the realization that the church is abandoned, with wide open windows allowing in rain and trespassers.
But that dome! It’s been slapped with cheap metal cladding, slathered in white paint, and robbed of its original beauty.
Victim of a pyramid scheme(?) according to locals, it now sits in purgatory. The two occupants have moved on to bigger and better (and newer) churches nearby.