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Renovating our church will create accessible, beautiful, and functional spaces for our ministry and our mission partners. Central to our plans is an elevator that will provide access to all five levels of our building and access to an additional 20,000 square feet for gathering, meeting, learning and worshiping space.

Church Access and Parking During the Renovation

As renovations begin, our parking lot will be closed during construction. We may use all entrances on 7th Street to the sanctuary or the Commons. We will update you on accessible spaces as the renovation progresses. We can park Sunday mornings and any evening in the Federal Courthouse alley parking spaces or on Sunday mornings Grace Lutheran's parking lot. Thanks, neighbors!

Other options are free street parking, the free municipal parking deck by the library, or the Hoogland's parking garage. Let's try to leave the 7th Street parking spaces for those with accessibility needs.

Thank you, Illinois Times, for sharing our vision

and our renovation story.

With Our New Season: Building Community, we are excited to begin dreaming with our community partners. Thanks, Karen Witter, for your attention to detail!

First Pres enlarges its welcome

Renovation to create new opportunities for community collaboration

By Karen Ackerman Witter

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The Rev. Susan Phillips welcomes all through the iconic red doors of the 1868 sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church.

The bright red arched door of First Presbyterian Church, across from Lincoln Library on Seventh Street in downtown Springfield, beckons people from all walks of life to enter.


May 2024 UPDATES

Air conditioning for the sanctuary is connected.

The flooring is being installed upstairs.

Excavation for the new foundation will start the week of the 27th.

February 2024 UPDATES

Session approved our Builders Risk insurance. Soil samples are back. Engineers are making recommendations about how we gently proceed with the next stages. 

Most of the deconstruction is complete. Interior work has made progress in the offices and classrooms. A retired architect showed up last week at O’Shea with a set of building plans and drawings of decorative elements from 1941. They are beautiful hand drawn pen and ink drawings: We are having conversations about how we preserve them and share them. 


More significant renovation work is happening this week (January 22 - 26). The place was buzzing with electricians, HVAC, plumbers, those who are taking walls down and those putting new ones up. With gratitude for our work crews and for our volunteers who have been salvaging century old rafters and joists, thanks!


The video captures what remains of ivy that was growing on the north side of the 1920's building when the 1960's building was built. Sixty years later it was still there.