The completion of the demolition of Zion Baptist Church on Parade Street is underway.
Removal of valuable components of the structure, including the stained glass windows, has taken place over the past six months. Demolition of the structure itself is now underway. The bell tower was scheduled to be dismantled today (Tuesday).
Last year trustees made the decision to demolish the church when they learned the building was in dire need of approximately $1 million repairs. Upkeep costs for the structure, which has crumbling brickwork, are additional. The congregation has dramatically diminished over the years.
The church, an icon in Yarmouth’s landscape, was built in 1895 for $23,330.
Here are links to past stories about the Zion Church issue.
Feb. 7, 2014 Dismantling of Zion Baptist Church continues
Jan. 21, 2014 Heritage Trust, Zion trustees talks end
Dec. 14, 2013 Zion Church tour raising funds for Friends of the Light
Dec. 12, 2013 Town approves Zion church de-registration
Dec. 7, 2013 Zion trustees receive proposal from Heritage Trust
Nov. 14, 2013 Yarmouth council defers decision on Zion de-registration
Nov. 12, 2013 Heritage Trust officials coming for Zion matter
Oct. 28, 2013 Heritage Trust wants to work to save Zion Church
July 9, 2013 Council expected to re-affirm Zion decision
June 14, 2013 Zion one step closer to demolition