Raising the Roof on “The Blue Church”
Your tax-deductible donation will help us replace the roof and box gutters on this 177-year old church.
This 1837 Greek Revival church is one of the few pre-Civil War buildings remaining in Wheeling, WV. This building is the best example of Greek Revival architecture in Wheeling and is one of the oldest church buildings in our community. It was consecrated as St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on October 27, 1837, by Bishop William Meade. When that congregation moved to its fourth home, the church was purchased by the First Baptist Church, whose members called it home for nearly 100 years. The building most recently was used by the Church of God and Saints of Christ.
When the Ohio Valley Young Preservationists (OVYP) and the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation (WNHAC) heard that the church was for sale, they partnered to buy the building. Through generous donations from two local foundations and countless individuals from all over the country, the partners were able to raise the funds necessary to acquire the building.
Architects, structural engineers, electricians, environmental assessors, and others have been through the building and have provided OVYP and WNHAC with a detailed breakdown of the work needed. The first phase of work includes the rather urgent replacement of the roof and box gutters, as well as repair work on the pediment and eaves. The estimated cost of this work is approximately $135,000.
OVYP and WNHAC need your help. Your donations, large and small, will help us reach our goal of $135,000. Donors giving at least $25 will be automatically entered into a raffle to win the lovely, crotched, 8-bit heart that adorned the Professional Building during this year’s “lovescaping” of downtown Wheeling.
Please send an email to Stephanie Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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