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43. Grace Heritage Center (1881)

This former sanctuary, the city’s oldest wood-frame religious structure, originally served the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church, founded in 1868. It was moved from its original site at 10th and Main to 1314 E. University Avenue in 1955. After acquiring it in 1991, the City of Georgetown relocated it to its present site and joined with Georgetown Heritage Society, now known as Preservation Georgetown, in its rehabilitation. With its Gothic revival detailing, the building features such exterior details as diamond-shaped and pointed arched windows, some with stained glass. Tapered wood finials extend from each corner of the two-story tower.

Additional Information:
The cornerstone for the church was laid on November 16, 1881, and the first service was held on
June 18, 1882. The first list of members of the church included 38 names that were well known
in the community at that time – including Steele, Henderson, Price and Lesesne. The Ladies
Guild of the church was active throughout the early days, raising funds for the painting and
furnishing of the building. It was the yhrid church building to be erected in the city of

Fun Facts:
1. The altar is original to the building, built by early church member George Irvine.
2. The pews are original and were nailed to the side walls with a leg support on the aisle.
3. In 1887, the organ loft was abandoned and the organ was placed in the northwest corner of the
church. The loft is accessible by a small circular staircase near the front door.
4. The stained glass windows were donated in the early 1930s by Margaret Crowley in memory
of her family members.

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