The Historic Chapel of Wood River
The Wood River Historic Chapel located at 446 E. Lorena,
Wood River, is rich in history and has been restored to its
original beauty dating back to 1916 when it was built by local
immigrants to house the first Lutheran Church of Wood River.
St. Paul Lutheran Church occupied the Chapel until it was sold
in 1951 to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints. The Chapel was again sold in 1974 to the Gospel
In December 1998, the Wood River Heritage Council purchased
the abandoned building to save it from demolition. It was in a
state of disrepair and a great renovation effort ensued.
With the help of volunteers, donations from local
businesses and residents, and the contribution of an Illinois
Heritage Grant from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency,
the chapel was restored. As a result, the Chapel has been
designated as a historic landmark by the City of Wood River.
The renovation project was truly a community effort.
Experience the beauty of romance of a simply elegant and
quaint wedding at the historic Chapel of Wood River- a
nondenominational church. Your wedding or special occasion
will be a unique experience at an affordable price. The
Historic Chapel features its original hard wood flooring, hand
crafted wood pews and a beautiful stained glass window. The
chapel has captured a moment in time making it the perfect
setting for your special celebration of love.
church for one hour
|Use of church
Other uses for the church may include a renewal of vows,
religious services, recitals and other ceremonies. Seating is available for
40 to 50 guests. For information
about the church, please call (618) 259-4632. To reserve
the church for a special occasion, please call (618) 259-4632.