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Petitioning St. Luke's Episcopal Church Scott Moomjian and 1 other

St. Luke's Episcopal Church: DO NOT DEMOLISH THE 100 YEAR OLD IRVING GILL CHAPEL! MOVE & RESTORE IT!


Its an 1890s church that was moved from Hillcrest. It was a "mission" (which is what they call an outpost branch) to the main parish down by Nutmeg.   It was built on the site of the current church at Penn and 6th, The current building (by Hebbard and Winslow) was built in the teens and the little church was moved to the side of the lot. In the 1920s it was moved again to North Park and was the first building for the congregation there and was used as the sanctuary until the 50s when the bigger building was built.

The architect of the 1890s building has not been proven (as far as I know) but since, in a congregation of 50, both Hebbard and Gill were members, and it is in their style (or one of their styles) it seems fairly obvious that they would have donated their services for the design of it.

Its probably the oldest structure in North Park (not the oldest that was built there) and would be about the oldest thing in that part of Hillcrest is it was still there.

The building was good enough to save and move 85 years ago, it should be even more historic and interesting today!  Using 'it needs maintenance' as an excuse to demo is NO EXCUSE!   It can be restored no matter what shape it's in do to their neglect.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is planning redevolopment on their property which incudes the whole corner of 30th Street & Gunn St. (Google Street View:  http://goo.gl/maps/iNxoJ)

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Letter to
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Scott Moomjian
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Steve Turnbull
DO NOT DEMOLISH THE 100 YEAR OLD IRVING GILL CHAPEL! SAVE IT! Please try hard and find a new home for the building! Many of us in the community want this building saved and restored! It's an important & historical building in San Diego!

Built in the 1890s, in Hillcrest, was a "mission" (which is what they call an outpost branch) to the main parish down by Nutmeg St. It was built on the site of the current church at Penn and 6th, The current building (by Hebbard and Winslow) was built in the teens and the little church was moved to the side of the lot. In the 1920s it was moved again to North Park and was the first building for the congregation there and was used as the sanctuary until the 50s when the bigger building was built.

The architect of the 1890s building has not been proven (as far as I know) but since, in a congregation of 50, both Hebbard and Gill were members, and it is in their style (or one of their styles) it seems fairly obvious that they would have donated their services for the design of it.

Its probably the oldest structure in North Park (not the oldest that was built there) and would be about the oldest thing in that part of Hillcrest is it was still there.

The building is over 100 years old, is very interesting in style, and definitely historic to your church, and the City of San Diego! Don't cut corners by demolishing it! Please wait for the right opportunity to put this chapel in the best location where it can be properly restored and appreciated by our community! Save Our Heritage Organisation has a great track record for their work on restoration of historic buildings, and with their help, we can do right by this building!

Thank you!