The Georgia Trust

2008 PLACES IN PERIL: TRINITY C.M.E. CHURCH

mother church abandoned -- threatened by development

The Story: Constructed between 1889-1894, Trinity Church is the mother church of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) denomination in the United States. Remodeled in 1920-1923, it is the last remaining building in a historic 19th-century African American neighborhood.

The Threat: The building is vacant and deteriorating and is located near a portion of the Augusta Canal that is marked to be redeveloped. The area surrounding the church has already been cleared for development. The roof is in very poor condition, and there is a problem with vagrants. Nearby neighbors are likely complaining and could seek demolition.

The Solution: Many groups including Historic Augusta and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are concerned about preserving this significant building. It is currently owned by Atlanta Gas Light, which supports its preservation.

Miracle Making Ministries, a non-profit organization, is currently making plans to adaptively use the church as community space. Preserving the church will help ensure that plans for nearby development will be sensitive and compatible with the historic structure and nearby neighborhoods.


 

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