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Church pews for sale: your chance to sit on a piece of local history

St Andrew’s United Church in Rossland is selling dozens of its pews from the 1950s ahead of its $344,000 renovation project.  Details are outlined in the story below:


The iconic Red Roof landmark which sits on the corner of Queen Street and 1st Avenue in Rossland, hasn’t solely been a place of worship since Seven Summits Centre for Learning (7S) moved in seven years ago and repurposed the heritage building.  Its high school student cohort has been breathing life, laughter, song, drama and future proofed learning practices into it ever since.


Leaders at 7S have also been facilitating the building’s transition into a social hub and lifeline by managing its rental spaces when its congregation and youth aren’t gathering.  In a series of recent ‘firsts’, to demonstrate the scale of its future potential, it has been host to Blizzardfest music events and volunteers from the Community Kitchen project have commandeered its commercial kitchen to tackle local food poverty amidst COVID restrictions.  


The innovative educator has also become the first in line to reserve a pair of church pews, the remainder of which will soon be going on sale to the general public, in order to retain a little piece of local history within its walls.


It is thought that the pews came from Ontario circa 1954 and marked the completion of the last major renovation. They will make way for more flexible seating in the form of stackable chairs which can be rearranged for concerts, community events and 7S student classes.


“We’re proud of our local history and we’re glad to be able to offer our remaining church pews to people who might cherish them the most. The sale marks the first step towards the creation of a contemporary multi-use space that can be enjoyed by the whole of Rossland as well as 7S students and the church,” says Brenda Hooper, the Chair of the Project Management Committee for the building. 


Once the removal of the pews has been completed within the main portion of the church, known as the sanctuary, its slanted raked floor will be leveled and it’s wooden foundations upgraded as part of a  $344,000 restoration project funded by the Built Heritage Grant program of the Columbia Basin Trust.  The building’s heritage features, storage and washrooms will also be improved as part of the works which includes classroom expansion for Seven Summits Centre for Learning.


A third of the 80 oak and oak veneer pews have already been spoken for by local residents, cafes, organizations and businesses.  Plain in their nature, project chiefs say they lend themselves well to being upcycled and used as furniture in the garden or home. However, people who want two pew ends will need to buy a 15ft length which comes apart in the middle and comprises two of the 7.5ft spans which will be sold individually.


The pews are being reserved on a ‘first come, first served’ basis to anyone who is prepared to unscrew, move and transport their little piece of Rossland history to give it a new lease of life.  Anyone interested is asked to e-mail, in the first instance with the number of 7.5ft lengths required (priced at $50 each). If a 15ft length isn’t being purchased, they will need to state whether a single Right Hand Side or Left Hand Side end is required.    


Staggered collections, which adhere to social distancing measures, will be organised once the start dates for construction have been confirmed.  Details for collection times and e transfer payments will be communicated to the successful bidders direct.



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