Iowa Abandoned, Attractions, Creepy August 03, 2019
This Abandoned 19th Century Church Has Been Transformed Into The Most Breathtaking Art Studio In Iowa
Iowa’s countryside is home to some incredible history! The smallest towns in the Hawkeye State each hold stories of their own, and it’s worth making a trip to see the treasures each town is hiding. The little town of Malvern, along the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, is the perfect example of something amazing hiding in plain sight.
The stunning Malvern Presbyterian Church was built in 1873, and for nearly 10 years, provided a home for a congregation of Western Iowans.
The church was shuttered and decommissioned in 1969, and sat unused until 2012, when a hopeful artists and entrepreneur breathed life back into the chapel.
Iowa native Zack Jones was looking for a place to live, and a place to practice his art, when he purchased this small town church.
He immediately began working on it - creating an incredible sunrise mural that takes up the entire 27-foot high ceiling.
Jones worked for years creating his masterpiece. While he worked on the murals, he also renovated the downstairs apartment.
Today, you can rent the apartment for an overnight stay at this unique, historic property.
The stunning mural turned this once abandoned church into a breathtaking work of art. Though it no longer holds mass, it is sacred in its own way.
The Art Church was part of an effort to bring some life back into the quiet town of Malvern. Visitors are welcome to check out the church and tour it by appointment.
Seven years after Jones first embarked on his impressive project, the Art Church has become a pillar of the quiet trailside community of Malvern.
Today, the church is a landmark in a community on the rise. Over the past few years, grants and entrepreneurs have worked to restore Malvern to its former glory.
Art Church is home to community events, meetings, workshops, and art shows.
Groups can tour the church and check out its ever-growing and changing artwork by appointment.
In the wintertime, the church is home to one of Iowa's most spectacular holiday shows.
Be sure to plan a trip in December to see this winter wonderland!
Art Church is available to tour by appointment only. Email email@example.com or call 480-628-9234 to arrange a visit.
Address: 201 E 4th Street, Malvern, IA, 51551
For information on spending the night,
visit the AirBnB listing here.
For more history in the Hawkeye State, read
These 10 Iowa Hiking Trails Lead To Some Incredible Pieces Of History.