Image Released for Storm Damaged Church Building Project | Development

East End United Methodist Church officials released an image of their future building and are preparing to submit plans to the Metro Historic Zoning Commission related to the effort.

The old church structure – located near Five Points in 1212 Holly St. and generally considered one of the city’s most notable places of worship due to its history, design, and location – was devastated by the March 2020 tornado, necessitating reconstruction.

Rev. EEUMC Scott Marshall-Kimball said the roughly 400-member congregation is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s nonprofit assistance program to finalize a grant that will allow the project to move forward. ‘before.

The program provides nonprofit funds that bridge the gap between insurance payments and the fair replacement cost of buildings damaged by federally declared disasters.

“Once we’re approved, we should have a few months of review by FEMA’s historic preservation group before we receive a potential green light to begin construction,” Marshall-Kimball said.

The price to pay to reinvent the property is estimated between 13 and 15 million dollars.

The date of the MHZC meeting is September 21.

The EEUMC congregation has been meeting at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary School, located on the east side, since February 2022.

The church uses the project management company CapEX Cumming, EOA Architects under the supervision of Tracey Ford, EMC Structural Engineers and American Constructors Inc. (general contractor). Each company is locally based, with the team having previously determined which physical components of the old church building could be salvaged.

The main salvageable elements include the stained glass windows, the communion rail, the sanctuary chandeliers, the pews and the ornamental exterior brick of the facade.

Marshall-Kimball, who began her congregational leadership in July 2020, said the proposed church structure will offer multiple similarities to the previous building, “with in particular the front facade facing Holly Street bearing a resemblance striking” with the storm-shot iteration.

“Our hope is that this new building will honor the beautiful aesthetic and feel of the old building while making it much more energy efficient and accessible. [to those with physical challenges],” he said.

Marshall-Kimball said the key design element, however, is that the hill on which the building will be built will be reduced by about eight feet. This will allow the first floor entrance to the future church building to be flush with 13th Street, allowing people to enter from that side of the structure instead of having to use stairs.

Lowering the hill will also cause the second story of the church to be flush with the lane between 13th and 12th, eliminating the need for a ramp. Along the same lines, there will also be an elevator serving the building, and the sanctuary choir will be accessible to people of all physical abilities.

“We will also be moving the large community gathering space at ‘The Great Hall’ church from below the sanctuary to the south end of the building, allowing more community groups to use the space during the week – because it can be closed off from the rest of the building,” Marshall-Kimball said.

Located in East End, East End United Methodist was founded in 1889. In 1890, a wood frame building was erected at 1100 Fatherland St. and was used until 1905. In that year, the plot of land at the 13th and Holly was purchased, and money was raised to build the walls, roof and tower. In 1907 the foundation stone was laid, and soon after the iconic stained glass window facing Holly was installed. In 1921, an addition to the East Wing for Sunday School was built behind the sanctuary building. The presbytery was built in 1923, and in the 1950s the neighborhood wing was built at the rear of the property.

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