Bonne Terre has gained another business capitalizing on the rich architectural history of the community. The old First Congregational Church, the Masonic Lodge, and the house next to the church now make up a single enterprise, the Iron Knot.
Owned and operated by Josh and Kindsey Black, located at 20 Church St., the church, which is beautifully restored, is now a wedding venue. With its wooden floors, dark woodwork, original stained-glass windows, and working pipe organ, the edifice brings the dignity of its past to life.
Connected to the church is the parish hall, which will be available for receptions or other uses. It, too, retains the architectural integrity of the structure and the time it was built. It is an impressive venue, both for its accessibility to modern convenience and its respect for the history of the structure.
Next door to the church is the house, now called the bridal suite, and in the rear is the groom’s suite. Both are available as an Airbnb and are restored and updated for the comfort of the visitors.
Across Church Street is the old Masonic Lodge now available for use for meetings, parties, and receptions. The main floor, with its small stage, is available for use at this current time. The upstairs is currently used for storage and is in the process of being renovated.
All the facilities of the Iron Knot are visually winning and certainly capture the essence of the era in which they were built.
Dan Schunks is a staff writer for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.