First Methodist Church, Galena, Illinois

This image shows another variation on the iconic American church design, this time using brick instead of wood or stone. This is the First Methodist Church, whose most famous member was the Civil War General  and later President Ulysses S Grant.

Color Photo by Joe E. Clark

The description states:


Built in 1856. The Ulysses S. Grant family worshipped in this church.

Old Firehouse No. 1 may be seen on the left.

–The church was dedicated in 1857 and contains 12 elaborate stained glass windows which have been preserved and restoration was completed in 1991. This design differs in that the entryway has two staircases leading up from the sides, rather than the more common single front staircase.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.