Historic church in Logansport working towards preservation grant

The roof is leaking in the corners, causing water marks and damages to the walls that have been getting worse in the past few years.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 10:57 AM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 11:42 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - The Trinity Lutheran Church building has sat at it's location for more than 110 years, and now it needs some repairs. The church is working to get a grant through the Indiana Historic Preservation Fund for $50,000.

The church was built in 1908 and is located in a historic district. All renovations need to be done with this mind. The roof is leaking in the corners, causing water marks and damages to the walls that have been getting worse in the past few years. 

It's especially bad in the corner where the original Kilgen Pipe Organ sits. Also built in 1908, it's one of the few left in the Midwest. Pastor David Smith said it's important that they preserve this historic instrument.

"Any water damage will rot away the wood, which is over a century old, and there is leather and all the components that are part of the pipe system that need to be protected," he said.

One of the requirements for the grant is to get letters of community support. Pastor Smith said they had more than a dozen letters from businesses and people who care.

"That's what happens in Logansport when we have a project where everybody kind of joins together and can see the wider vision," he said.

The grant is a  match grant with the City of Logansport, however Pastor Smith said the city will be compensating in more of a planning and development capacity. The City Council approved the resolution unanimously at its December 3rd meeting. Pastor Smith says they will find out in February if they have received the money.

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