Olivet Presbyterian Church to Tear Down Manse

By Forrest Saunders, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A more than century old house in Cedar Rapids is about to be torn down, but pieces of it will live on.

The home is located on 10th Street Northwest. It belongs to the Olivet Presbyterian Church, what’s called a manse that housed pastors until 2010.

Church officials said the congregation thought the building was too expensive to move or bring up to code and donate. Officials decided tear it down 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

Before that, the church members were encouraged to take pieces of the property home to be reused in modern houses.

Bridget McMenomy grabbed a bunch of windows with plans to turn them into art.

“I thought it would be kind of fun to take some of the things out of the church and still be able to use them and have them for the members, for memories,” McMenomy said.

Church officials said the plan is to demolish the house and turn it into empty space for handicapped parking.

l Comments: (319) 368-8610; forrest.saunders@kcrg.com

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