Century-Old Church In Shoals Might Soon Be History

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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – The old Grace Episcopal Church stands on the corner of 7th Avenue and North Montgomery Street in Sheffield.

Neighbors say the century-old church was once a beautiful stained glass building, but that’s hard to imagine because of how the church looks now. Dirty doors, plastic bags covering windows and a ‘No Trespassing’ sign posted on the front door.

“It has a tremendous roof problem, large holes in the roof, water goes in the building. The building is leaning,” says Councilman Gary Scales.

Scales says the city has worked with previous owners to try to restore the church, but nothing has been resolved.

First, the church was declared unsafe and now it has been named a public nuisance.

The church is now owned by the Colbert County Historic Landmark Foundation.

City leaders say if the owners don’t come up with a plan to help restore the church, the city will have no choice but to demolish the building.

1 Comment

  • Sue

    Such a shame to demolish a beautiful historical church. Seems like the owners have left it in horrible shape. Too bad because now with it leaning restorations would almost be rebuilding the entire church. Sad that people do not keep up their properties!

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