Plans Finalized To Rebuild Tornado Ravaged 114 Year Old Century Church

May 15, 2017

Plans have been finalized to reconstruct the historic Century United Methodist Church, which was damaged beyond repair in last year’s Century tornado. Church members hope construction will begin soon.

The appearance of the new building will be much like the old building and will include windows, pews, light fixtures, woodwork and more salvaged from the old church.

The Century United Methodist  Church was built in 1902, just after Century was established by The Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company. It was constructed of virgin long leaf pine, with interior detail and finish that created a reverent place for worship.

For over 114 years, the sanctuary helped to provide comfort and inspiration to Century residents with weekly services, as well as special occasions such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

Time took its toll on the familiar old building, along with a fire and hurricanes. The February 15, 2016, EF-3 tornado that struck Century dealt a blow from which the building could not be recovered.  Many architectural details were salvaged before the structure had to be dismantled.

Church members have continued to meet since the tornado, operating out of their Annex Building across the street.

Pictured top and bottom: Architectural drawings of the new Century United Methodist Church. Pictured inset and below: The Century UMC following the February 15, 2016, tornado. photos, click to enlarge.


2 Responses to “Plans Finalized To Rebuild Tornado Ravaged 114 Year Old Century Church”

  1. Retired on May 15th, 2017 12:56 pm

    Hallelujah!! :)

  2. Bill Arnold on May 15th, 2017 6:18 am

    In the early 80’s, my wife and I repaired the large stained glass windows in the church ,damaged by a fire.
    This restoration job, an answer to prayer, allowed her to pursue her elementary education degree at UWF.
    She completes her 30th year teaching in Escambia Co. public schools this month .
    We have always kept up with the history on this historic Methodist church with much gratitude for the opportunity .

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