Historic Oregon church for sale, may be moved

Albany church for sale
This historic Albany church building is being sold off by the city of Albany. It was purchased by the city to make room for a Main Street reconstruction project. (April 11, 2013 | KVAL/CBS News)

ALBANY, Ore. (KOIN/CBS) — A piece of Oregon history is going up for sale — but there is a catch. The buyer may have to move it.

The 2,600-square-foot church building in Albany is 121 years old.

The city of Albany purchased the building to make room for the reconstruction of the town’s Main Street. The project no longer requires demolishing the building, so the building is now up for sale.

“The building doesn’t have to be moved,” said Albany Operations Manager Chris Bailey, “but with the design of the street access to the building will be compromised — so it might be best for it to be moved.”

Albany church building

This historic Albany church building is being sold off by the city of Albany. It was purchased by the city to make room for a Main Street reconstruction project. (April 11, 2013 | KVAL/CBS News)

For the past 121 years it has been actively used as a church.

“The pastor, of the congregation that just left, grew up in the church,” Bailey said. “For that congregation it was an important structure.”

At this point the church building needs a lot of work — and the inside has been modified from its original state.

The city reports the church will go to the highest bidder.

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