BRAMWELL – Various suggestions have been made on what to do about a historic church that suddenly collapsed last November in the town of Bramwell.
The old Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, which was built in 1893, collapsed around midnight on November 18. Pieces such as the church bell were removed from its basement storage space, and several of the church’s Queen Anne-style unbroken stained glass windows were salvaged. , said Mayor Louise Stoker.
Stoker said Thursday that Bramwell City Council has yet to meet to discuss the future of the church. Meetings did not take place due to COVID-19 in the city and Mercer County’s red status on West Virginia’s COVID alert map.
The church steeple and part of the church’s backdoor section remain standing, with other parts such as the remaining stained glass windows and other pieces waiting to be recovered. About 10 of the windows and the church bell are now in storage.
“These were the ones we could easily access,” Stoker said, adding that several small round windows were still in the remains of the church and awaiting collection.
“We’ve had different suggestions on what to do with the part of the church that’s left over, what possibilities we can do with this piece of property where the church is located,” Stoker said.
Among the ideas that have been suggested is the integration of the surviving structure into a new building, she said.
“It was a wonderful structure,” Stoker recalls. “It was designed as an upside down ship. Some churches were designed that way and this one was. That was why he had these exposed beams, like the bottom of a ship. I have seen episcopal churches that had this style.
Stoker said an announcement will be posted at Town Hall when a city council meeting is scheduled.
“I know it will be before the end of the year. I can say that for sure, ”she said. “We have a lot of things we can collect. Hope we can tell a story with what’s left. This is what the story is about. It’s about telling a story.
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