The fate of the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church at the corner of Manchester and McKnight roads in Rock Hill has been sealed.
The church, built in 1845, will be dismantled piece by piece and moved to Cedar Lake Cellars, which is in Wright City, MO, according to an article on stltoday.com. Work is scheduled to begin Monday with the demolition of the church's more modern school building.
For months, residents, preservation historians and city officials grappled with plans to save the church, which sits on land currently owned by U-Gas. U-Gas plans to build a gas station and convenience store on the land, which also houses the historic Fairfax House. The company agreed to pay for moving the Fairfax House to another location on the property.
The Save the Rock Hill Church Committee had proposed moving the church and the Fairfax House to Rock Hill Park. In March, Alderman Ed Johnson, Ward 1, had proposed moving the church to a lot at 215-217 Almentor Ave. in Rock Hill.
However, the money needed to move the church to a new Rock Hill location fell short of the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed. It was estimated to cost between $450,000 and $700,000 just to move the historic building.
Chris Musial, a spokesman for the committee, told stltoday.com that only about $8,000 had been raised for the project.
On Sunday, the committee thanked everyone for their support on its Facebook page, noting that the donations that were collected for the project would be returned.