- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A 19th Century Gothic-style chapel in the western Illinois community of Knoxville could undergo restoration and host future wedding receptions under a local developer’s plan.

Keith Vaughn plans to spend $300,000 to rehabilitate St. Mary’s Chapel and build a reception hall and three bridal suites. The 1888 chapel was once the focal point of a flourishing girls’ school that closed during the Great Depression.

The (Galesburg) Register-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/1Knxlj6 ) the Knoxville Plan Commission has approved the idea for the 6,000-square-foot hall with room for 300 guests. Another board must OK it and officials must also approve building the hall and closing a street and nearby alley.

Vaughn says he hopes to renovate the chapel by early summer and begin reception-hall work in 2017.

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Online: Knox County Historic Sites Inc.: http://bit.ly/1TlzVr6

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