Plans Approved To Rebuild Historic Homes, Church Ravaged By Tornado

June 9, 2017

The Century Architectural Review Board gave approval Thursday to repair or replacement plans for seven tornado ravaged residential properties and a church in the Alger-Sullivan Historical District, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989.

The historic district includes 45 buildings on about 230 acres, and is roughly bounded by Pinewood Avenue, Front Street, Jefferson Avenue, Church Street and Mayo Street. Numerous structures in the historic district were damaged or destroyed by the  EF-3 tornado that struck Century in February 2016.

The Architectural Review Board approved the replacement of six homes — located at 300, 307, 402, 403, 407 and 416 Front Street — and the repair of one home at 410 Front Street.

The board also signed off plans to reconstruct the 114-year old Century United Methodist Church, which was damaged beyond repair by the tornado. It is expected that the $550,000 project might be completed within nine months.

All of the replacement homes on Front Street will meet the neighborhood’s historical qualifications and will cost about $100,000 each. The homes are being paid for by with SHIP — State Housing Initiative Program — funds administered by Escambia County.

Pensacola architect Carter Quina designed the replacement homes to historically accurate with modern amenities and compliance for the disabled. He also designed the Century United Methodist Church project.

Now that the Century Architectural Review Board has signed off on the properties, plans next go to the Century Town Council for final approval before construction can progress.

Click here for a previous article to learn more about the church project, photographs and architectural drawings.

Pictured top: Century United Methodist Lay Leader J.R. Jones, Rev. Janet Lee and architect Carter Quina discuss church reconstruction plans Thursday morning before the Century Architectural Review Board.  Pictured below: Plans for six homes to be replaced on Front Street. photos, click to enlarge.


4 Responses to “Plans Approved To Rebuild Historic Homes, Church Ravaged By Tornado”

  1. William on June 9th, 2017 3:18 pm

    >>>Where are the funds coming from to rebuild a church

    The church. Article says nothing about any gov’t funds for the church

  2. Taxpayer on June 9th, 2017 2:56 pm

    >>>stop feeding at the public trough

    what about school teachers, principles, police, firemen, City employes, FDOT worker, county commissioners, congressmen, Military, social security,

    what do you think USA runs on..economics..

    i think the fact that they were smart enough to form a historical district and go the distance on this is a marvelous wonderful feat of local government in action. This is something that can be seen, measured and not a waste AT ALL.


  3. confused on June 9th, 2017 8:19 am

    Maybe I am missing something. Where are the funds coming from to rebuild a church? Is the church using its own money, possibly from insurance, to rebuild and the committee just had to sign off on the design because it is in the historical district? Or, is the church being rebuilt with funds provided by the state?

  4. Carolyn Bramblett on June 9th, 2017 5:12 am

    State money to rebuild “historical” homes? If history just got blown away then let it go. State and Federal money being used at every turn. Private homes ought to be taken care of by private people and organizations. Stop feeding at the public trough.

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