125 S Bench St Galena, Illinois USA

First Methodist Episcopal Church

Construction date: 1856

Current name:

Galena United Methodist Church


Oliver Marble


Stone mason - Strott and Recht. Brick mason - Thomas Scott and Company


Marble and Smith


Gothic Revival.


Historical Summary:

The 1,200 pound bell was installed in 1868. U.S. Grant and family attended church here.

A great improvement is going on in the Methodist Church property on Bench Street. The parsonage has been raised several feet, and the lot is being filled in to the grade of the church lot and the Fricke lot, and a wall is being built to correspond with the other wall. Stone steps will lead up to the building which is being thoroughly repaired and newly painted to look quite new.

The M. E. Church is to have new stone steps outside leading to the audience room of sufficient width to be used conveniently, and a new iron railing outside the same. The steps in front of the main entrance are to be relaid, and all necessary repairs made for the front of the building, including the spire, which has long needed attention. “The Industrial Press - June 24, 1880”


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Galena Historic District

Area(s) of Significance:


Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Architectural Description:

This is a 2-story church in the Gothic Revival style built in 1856. The foundation is not visible. Exterior walls are brick. The building has a front-gable roof clad in asphalt shingles. Windows are original wood 1/1 double- or single-hung, stained glass, round arch, stone sills and lintels. Doors are historic wood paneled.

Description generated by RuskinARC.