23 West Church – 1854 – Greek Revival – Free Will Baptist Church
This building is the oldest and most historically significant church in Evansville. Early photographs show a classic “New England” –style church with front-facing pedimented gable, central bell tower with spire and columns flanking the entry. The Free Will Baptist congregation met here from 1854 until 1914 and was a leader in the temperance movement in Evansville. In 1889 a major remodeling altered the appearance of the church by removing the original steeple, adding a square bell tower and placing an addition with rounded windows facing the street to the north. The original Greek Revival elements can be seen in the rear section of the building. They include the low-pitched gable roof with broad frieze under the eaves, vertical corner pilasters, and simple rectangular windows. Also note the wide horizontal siding in back and narrow siding in front. Since 1970 this building has been the home of the Grace Independent Baptist Church.