Clinton Church Restoration and Saint James Place will co-host a presentation to reveal the findings of a recently completed Historic Structure Report on the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church on Elm Court in Great Barrington. The report documents the history of the historic Elm Court church and establishes guidelines for future decisions concerning its rehabilitation. The public is invited to learn about the history of the building from project architect Steve McAlister and preservationist Bill Finch on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at Saint James Place. The event is free and open to the public with donations gratefully accepted for the restoration.
The Historic Structure Report is a significant step for the new nonprofit, which raised over $100,000 from the community to purchase the deconsecrated church and begin planning for its restoration. The first phase of work on the building is slated to begin this year, funded in part by a $388,508 National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant announced last week by the organization’s fiscal sponsor, Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.