A historical Lafayette church now has more funds to restore its building

Trinity United Methodist Church will receive $50,000 for their restoration project.

Posted: Aug. 31, 2018 6:39 PM

Lafayette, IND. (WLFI) - A historical Lafayette church is receiving a large sum of money to help continue restoring its structure. Trinity United Methodist Church will receive $50,000 for their restoration project.

The project is funded in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund Program, which is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.

The church is only one out of 11 projects across the state to receive the money. The purpose is to help strengthen and preserve Indiana history.

Trinity United Methodist’s building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Senior Pastor Tracey Leslie says they need to have the money to make sure the work is done right.

“There are very few companies that will do work of this time period and those companies are obviously very specialized because the work is so highly specialized,” she said. “It’s really essential to preserve the structural integrity of the church building.”

She said they have slowly been fixing each wall of the church over the years. This is the second time they have received this grant money to help restore the structure.

“There were some situations where water was coming into the building,” she said. “Obviously any time you've got an opening and water starts to come in, if that's not addressed its going to lead to all kinds of problems.”

Problems that are not cheap to fix. She said the grant will only cover about half of the total cost of fixing one wall.

They have a goal to have the project completed by 2019.

Leslie said they are also taking outside donations. Click here to learn more.

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