Notre Dame de Lourdes, Wellston

The Roman Catholic parish of Notre Dame de Lourdes in Wellston, just a stone’s throw from the St. Louis border, was open from 1902 to 1992, when it closed and sold to a Pentecostal church. I am not sure, but at least the adjacent rectory is abandoned, boarded up with faded plywood. Is the church closed, too? I do not know.

It is a fascinating example of early Twentieth Century Romanesque Revival, at a time when many architects were building English Gothic Revival churches. Sadly, the area is suffering from considerable abandonment.

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