First Presbyterian, Later Calvary Baptist Church, Mattoon

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Update: Edited for content in July of 2021.

We spotted this stunning dome through the trees as we drove through Mattoon, Illinois.

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As we approached, we came to the realization that the church is abandoned, with wide open windows allowing in rain and trespassers.

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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.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Joe Gilkerson says:

    The Dome is nothing compared to Stained Glass windows, alter, and majestic pipe organ. Unfortunately, they were the first thing “salvaged” by the former owner who abandoned the building. A community philanthropist now owns the building.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Glad to hear the building is in better hands. I hope there are plans for a renovation in the future?

    2. Kathy Elliott says:

      I went to church here as a child and plan on visiting Mattoon soon. Is the building still there and can you give me the address?

      1. cnaffziger says:

        The address is 2217 Western Avenue. I do not know its current status.

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