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Historic Church Open House

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Downtown Marion Main Street

Tour two of our local historic churches - First Presbyterian and First Baptist in Downtown Marion.  See the beautiful architecture and learn about their history. Both churches are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

The First Presbyterian Church is perhaps the most exuberant example of a Neo-Classical Revival design in Marion. Built in 1923, the same year as the present courthouse, it continued a building tradition that was obviously gaining in popularity at the time, with the most striking feature being the monumental Ionic tetra style pedimented portico on the east (front) side. Stained glass is in abundance throughout the building, appearing in every window above the basement level.

The Baptist Church in Marion was organized in 1862, but did not have a permanent church structure in town until 1878. It was a small wood frame structure, built where the present 1949 addition to the existing church building now stands. In keeping with the times and the growth of Marion in the early 1900s, this structure was torn down when construction on the present building began in 1912. I t was completed in 1914, a remarkable example of the Late Gothic Revival style.

The interior of each building is specular! This is a wonderful opportunity to visit each church and see firsthand the attention to detail that makes them special to the community.

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