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HISTORIC PRESEVATION FUND

AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS GRANT PROGRAM

ST. MARK'S A.M.E. CHURCH

REHABILITATION PROJECT 

PHASE 1

This project is being supported in parts by an African American Civil Rights grant From the Historic Fund  Administered by the National Park's Service,

Department of the Interior

Rev. Shirley D. Heermance, Pastor

Mrs. Dannette Jackson, Project Manager

Mr. Vance Kelley, Architect - Treanor HL Architects, Inc. AIA

Mr. Jeremy  Scott, Contractor - Elite Constructions

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At the start of October 2021 the first phase of the restoration at St. Mark's continued  with masonry work that is transforming the foundation around the Church.  The original corner stone was recently removed and to our amazement the congregation 100 years ago sent two separate items into the future for us to find!  We are looking forward to sharing those items with you. 

 

As the work continues be assured that we also have prepared a time capsule that will be placed.  These items were excavated from the original enclosure, which we placed ceremoniously during the 135th Church Anniversary.  The vault will be relocated during this phase of the project and consecrated during the 142nd celebration in May of 2022. The date and name on the cornerstone are being restored, during this phase also. 

The dropped ceiling tiles in the sanctuary have been removed and the original ceiling is now exposed.  The arches in the original structure and the high ceiling will be beautiful, once completely restored, and the circled stained glass windows are now fully exposed, but protected while the work is underway.  

Hope to have some additional pictures soon!

I'm making this post on Thursday September 2, 2021.  I went by the Church today to take some additional pictures to share with you and found that there had been excavation work done the entire circumference of the Church.  While there our General Contractor arrived and we found ourselves in a brief but very interest conversation concerning what I was looking at.  A part of the conversation entailed his view on what it would have taken to do the work more than 100 years ago.  

He explained that when the building was erected, of course, the people would not have had the kind of tools, machinery, equipment, and etc. that he and others worked with today.  Looking at the stones and the depth the foundation was covered would have been done with a greater toil.  In fact I was told that this work would have been done with shovels and, more than not, the dirt and stones would have ben delivered by mule and buggy.  

I paused long enough to take a long look at what was before me and I thought how incredible it is to witness the history that is laid in these amazing stones.

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Sometimes it is hard to appreciate old things, but be sure that some old things are worth holding on to.  It is not always the biggest that makes for the best, or the most that adds up to the marvelous.  Historic St. Mark's AME Church is, by no means, considered as a large structure, but it is huge in character and beauty. 

 

The St. Mark's building has survived both fire and floods and during the first phase of the restoration the work that is underway will provide the essentials to ensure that the Church building will be standing in another 100 plus years.

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Water Lines from the 1950 Flood

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The Historic St. Mark's AME Church in Topeka, Kansas is happy to announce that the first phase of the renovation project is underway.  It has been a long  journey arriving at this juncture, but we are grateful to God for His faithfulness and to the National Park's Service for the Historic Preservation Funds awarded through the African American Civil Rights Grant Project.  Phase I of the rehabilitation project has begun. Our beautiful and original stain glass windows have been 

protected, walls have been removed, the

ceiling has come down, wires are exposed,

and boots are finally on the grounds.

We are trusting that the sinage for the

building will soon be placed in an appro-

priate place for all can see. It is all an

incredible work in progress.  

If you give us just a little additional time, we will put the progression of this project in this space so that you can follow along with us, from one step to the next.  The pictures below exposes the kind of work the people invested in the building now more than 100 years ago.  Though we look forward to the kind of work that is underway we celebrate our past, honoring the kind of work that endured the tests of time.  We thank God for the men and women of yester-years, who did not count it as robbery to invest their time, talents, and treasury to build what has become a historical landmark in North Topeka, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been said that "big things come in small packages" ... that's Historic St. Mark's A.M.E. Church ... who for 141 years has never taken on the small church mindset.  We look forward to seeing what is next, and for the reason that God has ordained the opportunity to restore our building, we eagerly wait to achieve.  Pray that God will empower the living stones of Historic St. Mark's so when it's time to return into the building, our ministry will be fully ready to operate from it anew.  We are hopeful that you will want to celebrate with us when it is time to rededicate the space. 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND

African American Civil Rights Grant Program

ST. MARK'S A.M.E. CHURCH

Rehabilitation Project

Phase I

This project is being support in part by an African American Civil Rights grant from the Historical Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. 

Rev. Shirley D. Heermance, Pastor

Dannette Jackson, Project Manager

Vance Kelley, Architect - TreanorHL Architects, Inc. AIA

Jeremy Scott, Contractor - Elite Construction

 

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