14th Ave’s Progressive Missionary Baptist Church is a goner but some of the 109-year-old house of worship’s bits and pieces will live on. CHS stopped by the demolition site earlier this month as a crew from Earthwise Architectural Salvage carefully went about preserving some of the old building’s features including its amazing stained glass.
“The age of it is really the crazy thing,” Earthwise’s Aaron Blanchard said. “We’ve done a couple churches but this is the oldest one.”
Blanchard said the biggest challenge the crew faced was removing the largest sections intact. Over the years, the the glass on some of the windows had flowed and folded.
What’s next for the stained glass isn’t known. Blanchard said that the plan was to store the salvaged items for the Word of God Church that owns the property.
After the demolition, the property had been lined up for a development that would add 22 townhouses to the block but that project was canceled according to City of Seattle permit records.
UPDATE: Earthwise sent along these great shots of the salvage in progress.