The First United Methodist Church located at 142 East Jackson Street was demolished in preparation to build the New Performing arts center. When I did this sketch the last wall was slowly being bought down. Many other buildings are slated to be demolished in this neighborhood across from the city hall. With the economy taking a nose dive it will be many years before the city can afford to build this Performing arts center. I am left wondering how long this lot will remain empty. I heard that the members of the church raised the money to built this structure by having bake sales and other fundraisers. I am sure it came down much faster that it went up. It is always easier to destroy than to create.
A fellow in a wheel chair stopped and asked me what I was sketching, I offered the brief story I just outlined and he said "Well maybe they should have asked for more money in the collection basket."