DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Built in the mid 1800s the former United Methodist Church of Delphi as been empty for nearly 3 years. After no luck in trying to sell it the church donated the building to the Delphi Preservation Society, and just in time.
"Because of the downtown historic district being restored we're going to have to move out of the Opera House building and we're moving our operations here," Delphi Preservation Society board member Dick Traeger said.
Stellar grants are being used to restore the historic Opera House and current home of the preservation society next year.
The new location will feature an art gallery, educational room for classes and will have plenty of room for concerts and plays. To get their new home ready volunteers spend every Saturday repairing and cleaning the old church.
"In preparation in that we're redoing the walls and getting ready to hang work and have an opening coming up October 20," artist Rena Brouwer said.
"We're painting many things," Traeger said about the renovations. "We're getting everything set up for groups to have classes here. We're renting spaces for weddings, funerals and that type of thing. Just making it appealing for anybody who wants to use it."
For Brouwer moving her artwork into the new home of the preservation society is an exciting adventure.
"It's an absolutely beautiful facility. Every room seems to have a stained glass window in it and it's truly an inspirational and it's tying in the past and the present. That's a big plus for this artistic venture that I'm doing here," the artist said.
The new venue, including the art gallery, will be open October 20 and is located at the corner of Union and Monroe Streets in Delphi.
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