A century-old chapel in Stony Plain is up for sale at a bargain price of $1.
The said Hope Christian Reformed Church, which was built in 1912, comes complete with a vaulted ceiling, had a stained-glass windows and a 50-foot-high steeple, but the buyer will be responsible in removing the chapel from its current location.
“Keeping it heated and keeping it maintained was becoming a little financially difficult,” explained Pastor Jacob Boer.
“It’s such a landmark; it would be a shame to tear it down,” said Boer, who says relocating the building off the church-owned property could cost up to $30,000.
The building which is adjacent to a historic cemetery, has been mostly vacant since the mid-1980s when a new church was built near its neighbouring property.
Boer said that the old building were used for youth-group activities, weddings, and other events for a while, but the operation costs become too much for its diminishing congregation.
“The decision was made that we really can’t maintain both, and we’re hoping that someone would be able to love the building as much as the church congregation here has loved it,” Boer said.
Boer said the church become a symbol of home in the community and he hopes the church character will be maintained and won’t be moved too far from its current location.