Saturday, April 7, 2012

Steps taken to move St. Philip's

From North Carolina-

An Episcopal church in Chapel Hill is clearing the way for St. Philip's Church to move 160 miles east of its longtime home in Germanton.

The town of Chapel Hill recently approved a modification to a special-use permit needed to relocate the 120-year old church to 15 acres owned by The Advocate, a small congregation in Chapel Hill.

The decision sets in motion The Advocate's plan to have the church on its property by late 2012, said the Rev. Lisa Fischbeck.

The proposed move has upset some current and former residents of Germanton, who consider the architecturally important church a crucial part of the town's character.

Located on Germanton's main strip, the church was built in a Gothic Revival style that features pointed arched windows and board-and-batten siding. But the church never flourished, reaching its peak of 22 members in 1890, and closed in the early 1980s.

A group of citizens has formed Friends of St. Philip's Church of Germanton to keep the church in Germanton.

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