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MS EAST lab students help spruce up historic church

Friday, April 30, 2010

Photo by Steven W. Looney Mammoth Spring High School EAST Lab students Amy Young, LeShey Young and Wesley Coffee, volunteered to paint the lower portion of this historic Mammoth Spring landmark. Mayor Jean Pace was on hand with supplies.
Amidst a bit of laughter and teamwork, students from Mammoth Spring High School's EAST Lab worked hard last week painting the bottom half of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, located on Main Street, with paint donated by the city.

"EAST Lab students come up with projects that are ways to help the community," said student Wesley Coffey.

The historic church building next to the city park on Highway 9 belongs to the city and has seen many faces in its long life.

"We were looking for a project to work on for the community, and Mayor Pace said this old church needed some fixing up, so we are going to paint it," Coffey said.

The project was being overseen by Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace, who greatly appreciated the efforts of the teens in sprucing up the building, which was named to the National Historic Registry in 1986.

St. Andrews has quite a storied history, beginning with its admission into the diocese in 1888. In 1890, it became a parish and in 1920 it was moved from it's original location a block south at Sixth and Cochran one block over to where it sits now, at the corner of Sixth Street and Main.

When the congregation dissolved in 1940, it was first purchased by the local VFW, then the Jaycees, until finally being donated to the city in 1984.

Though simple in design, the frame structure of the church possesses the essential characteristics of an ecclesiastical Gothic building, much in the style of noted 19th century architect Richard Upjohn.

Upjohn specialized in creating churches for rural communities, utilizing vertical wood architecture in place of more expensive stone work.

Mayor Pace restricted the teens to just painting the lower sections of the church for safety, and will be hiring a professional painter to repaint the upper half of the structure.

Currently, the building is used for receptions, weddings, musical shows and other public meetings.

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