Godfrey in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel
"Compared to other surviving Greek Revival churches in Illinois, the building stands on its own. There is nothing like it in the state." - Illinois Department of Conservation, 1977
Completed in 1854, the Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel was built in the New England Greek Revival style. Godfrey commissioned the construction of a church designed to resemble one he recalled from his childhood in New England. W.H. Howell built the church while Godfrey supervised. Originally called The Church of Christ at Monticello, then Godfrey Congregational Church, the Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel was situated directly across from the Seminary until it was relocated in 1991 to its current on-campus location. In 1979, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Illinois as "one of the six most authentic copies of New England church architecture beyond the Northeastern United States." Some of the original panes of glass remain in the windows.
Erected 2019 by Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail Committee (sponsored by Alton - Godfrey Rotary Club). (Marker Number 7.)
Topics. This Architecture • Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1977.
Location. 38° 57.018′ N, 90° 11.515′ W. Marker is in Godfrey, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from LCCC Road west of Godfrey Road (U.S. 67). Marker is behind the Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel, which is located on the campus of Lewis & Clark Community College. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey IL 62035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Monticello College (here, next to this marker); Godfrey Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Benjamin Godfrey (approx. half a mile away); Godfrey Mansion (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lindbergh Relay Station (approx. 1.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 2 miles away); North Alton Confederate Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Godfrey.
More about this marker. This is the seventh of nine markers in the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail series.
Also see . . . Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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