Images: Tyson Temple Church in Versailles

Images: Tyson Temple Church in Versailles

The Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana is incredibly unique.

Gazing up at this lovely church, I feel like I’ve transported back to the 1930s and the heyday of Art Deco. It was a style that embraced symmetry and leaned toward the technological side of things. Yet, it wasn’t cold or sterile. Extravagant touches were the norm and made every Art Deco building look wonderfully vintage yet almost space age at the same time. Do you know what I mean? No matter where you rest your eyes on this Versailles, Indiana church, there are many rounded elements: pillars, walls, windows. It gives the building a great look and feel.

It’s a touching tribute to the late mother of James “Uncle Jim” Tyson who funded its construction. Inside, there is a constellation of “stars” that mimic the same sky on the night his mother passed away. Now that is one son who adored his mother! James Tyson, in case you didn’t know, was the founder of Walgreens. No expense was spared–and it shows. It’s a unique Indiana church that you really don’t want to miss. They just don’t make ’em like they used to!

Images from Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church in Versailles, Indiana

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Tyson Temple United Methodist Church
324 West Tyson Street
Versailles, Indiana 47042
812.689.6976

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3 Comments

  1. David Sprowl January 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    You’re welcome, Jessica! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica Nunemaker December 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Ooh! That sounds like an interesting one! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by little Indiana.

  3. David Sprowl December 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful!

    I am working on a project on old churches in Grant County…hope to have it posted sometime next month.

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