Time has run out for the historic Rock Hill Presbyterian, and the wrecking crews have arrived and have already largely demolished the 1950′s Sunday School wing to the east of the church.
Honestly, having attended church in this building in the 1980′s, that is not really any big loss; it was a classic example of “sick building syndrome”and detracted from the simplicity of the original rock church.
As of Saturday, the original stone church, renovated after a fire in the 1930′s was still largely untouched, the stain glass windows in place; whether there is any interior demolition occurring I do not know.
So apparently a winery owner has bought the church, and it will be disassembled and moved to Warren County. Sounds good, but the original church will be gone; only its stones, moved to a new site and placed in different positions, will remain. The new church will be nothing more than a pastiche of the original structure. My favorite line from the Post-Dispatch article is this:
“But no one had anticipated that [the church] would be so expensive to move.”
It’s made out of stone! How easy did you think it was going to be?! The whole thing stinks, and I want to know what was really behind this whole deal to build this gas station. What is the IQ of the Rock Hill city council?
The aspect of the whole U-Gas proposal that mystifies me the most is the seemingly inhospitable lay of the land where this gas station will now go. As you can now see more easily, the site is actually a giant hollow, buffeted on the west by a giant retaining wall that holds up McKnight Road. Surely huge amounts of fill will have to be brought in to make the site usable as a gas station.
By the way, it bears repeating; there is a gas station a grand total of maybe 500 feet from the new gas station. How would you like to be the owner of that place?
And even more infuriatingly, there is a dumpy, run-down strip mall across the street. Geez, do you think that maybe the gas station–or even the church–could have possibly been moved there?
So in a couple of weeks, the “city” of Rock Hill (I use that term loosely) will still have one run-down strip mall and one less incredibly historic church. Does it make sense to you?