“You hope to see all this stuff up again somewhere and not just packed away in storage forever,” said Tom Ripberger, another lifelong member who helped on Tuesday. “Lots of members have been part of this church their whole lives. That’s a long time, and it’s hard to see it come down. It’s probably for the best, but I just hope we can build a new one.”
Black Dog Salvage of Roanoke, Va., has removed the stained glass windows from the former St. Agatha’s Catholic Church. The work will be shown on the “Salvage Dawgs” cable television show. Jim Orr/The Ledger
A crew for the DIY Network program “Salvage Dawgs” has been in Ellwood City this week filming efforts to salvage stained glass windows and other items from the 98-year-old stone church on Fifth Street, which will be razed to make way for a CVS pharmacy. Network programming focuses on home improvement projects.
A 1996 photo shows an interior view of Pilgrim Baptist Church during a service. Walter Kale TNS
Hopes of a restoration have fallen so far that some architectural preservationists think the only remaining option might be to preserve the surviving walls and turn the site into a park.