Charming Church in Picturesque Setting
Built in 1917, Phanuel Lutheran Church is the fourth home of a congregation that settled the area near present-day Wallace in the 1820s.
Designed by Crawfordsville architect George T. Griffith, the small Neoclassical structure features a pedimented entryway with stone columns. Inside, gothic-arched stained glass windows flood the sanctuary with colorful light. The raised foundation design of the building allows for double-hung basement windows, which provide ample natural light to the lower level fellowship hall and kitchen. The lower level also contains restrooms and a mechanical room.
Wallace is located approximately 18 miles from Crawfordsville, and 33 miles from Lafayette. The property is located a short distance from Shades State Park and Turkey Run State Park.
The property could make a unique single-family residence or weekend retreat, an artist’s studio, or remain in use as a church. The lower level could easily accommodate several bedrooms, a new kitchen, and living space, and offers three exterior entrances. The building remains in good condition, with a new roof installed in the past decade, though the new owner will need to install a new septic system. The historic cemetery by the church is not included in the parcel for sale and new owners will not be responsible for taking care of it; however, the new owner will need to allow the public access to the cemetery.
The property will be sold with preservation covenants protecting its historic exterior appearance and some interior features, including the decorative pressed metal ceiling in the sanctuary.