Historic Lebanon Church Comes Down

An excavator removed the First Baptist Church building on Tuesday.

Trustees Plan to Rebuild

LEBANON-The remains of the First Baptist Church came down on Tuesday, about two months after it was destroyed by fire.

An excavator dismantled the 150-year-old gothic-style church building, which sat on School Street. Dumpsters were going to arrive Wednesday to further clear the area. 

The doorway to the former church elevator is still intact for now.

The 1,800 square-foot building was valued at $754,000 on the grand list. It was destroyed Dec. 28. The fire left the building with a hole on one side and a collapsed roof that were beyond repair. About 50 bibles and hymnals and 30 benches burned along with a church organ worth about $90,000. Other music equipment, a wooden cross, a mural and other memorabilia, were also lost. 

The church burned the night of Dec. 28.

Since the fire, the church building sat with a fence around it.

x75LEBANON--The First Baptist Church came down on Tuesday. 

James Rostron, David Rataj and Lenny Bolduc stand in the remains of the church building.

Church member David Rataj said the church trustees are reviewing nine potential architects and hoped to begin rebuilding the church in the same place this June. The new building will probably be smaller than the previous one, Rataj said.

Until then, church services are being held at Lebanon Middle School.


David Rataj looks at the former stairway to entrance of the church building.

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