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Friends group launches campaign to save Hudson landmark

Feb 15, 2017 6:45 am

Rosa Acheson is reporting in the Register-Star Friends of the First Presbyterian Church last week announced the launch of a new campaign to raise funds to stabilize and restore the 181-year-old historic landmark, located on Warren Street in Hudson. The estimated cost to stabilize the structure is between $50,000 and $100,000. To completely restore the structural integrity of the roof will require substantially more. The congregation vacated the building in November, after engineers warned the church roofing framework had significantly deteriorated. The report, prepared by engineers Ryan Briggs and Clark Davis, indicated the church roof rafters and beams had become detached from exterior load-bearing walls, and other beams were no longer solid. The report confirmed the structure would not support the weight of repairs. "Right now, we are solely focused on stabilizing the structure; restoration is a whole other project," said the Rev. Kathryn Beilke. "We realize we have a duty to the city of Hudson to ensure that this historic treasure doesn’t deteriorate, but we can't do it alone." In the interim, church-related services and meetings will continue at Solaris, located across the street from First Presbyterian, in the 300 block of Warren, Beilke said. Read the full story in the Register-Star.