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Pilgrim Collegiate Church to be torn down; hope for the Peck House

Published: Thu, March 1, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Denise Dick



With no identified use and a hefty bill to restore it, Pilgrim Collegiate Church will be torn down.

There is hope, though, for the Peck House, another historic building on the Youngstown State University campus.

Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, said the Peck House on Wick Avenue could be used by the English Language Institute, consolidating those services into one location. That would also produce a revenue stream for YSU.

“Our intent at this time is to deconstruct the church,” Grilli said.

After YSU announced in late 2010 plans to demolish both the Peck House and Thompson-Sacherman House, a committee formed with representatives from both the community and YSU to try to find alternative uses for those houses as well as the church. The committees also sought to find funding to repair the structures.

The Thompson-Sacherman House was torn down earlier this year.

Grilli said that the costs to restore the church are prohibitive and he told university trustees earlier this week that unless trustees directed otherwise, the church would be deconstructed, and any materials that can be reused will.

When the committee asked for proposals for uses for the three structures, only one proposal was submitted and that called for the funding to come from YSU through the issuance of bonds.

YSU bought the church, at the corner of Wick and Lincoln avenues, across from Jones Hall, in 2007. The university wanted to ensure the building wasn’t developed commercially.

Shannon Tirone, executive associate to the president, who was a member of the university-community committee, said the group met for about 18 months.

One idea was to repair the church to maintain it until a use could be determined.

“The cost to do that was astronomical,” Tirone said.

The roof must be replaced, and a portion of the building that had been added is separating from the rest of the church, she said. It’s also sustained water damage.

The church from which YSU bought the building, now Faith Community Church of Youngstown, reserved the right at the time of the sale to remove the stained-glass windows at its cost if the building were demolished.

Trustee Carole Weimer said the university spent sufficient time looking for uses for the building.

“It saddens many of us to see a beautiful historic building be demolished,” she said.

But the university can’t expend resources to restore it, particularly when no specific use has been identified, Weimer said.


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

So the university buys the church just to keep anyone else from finding a use for it, then tears it down when they can't find a use for it. YSU just wants to control all of the land on the north side of downtown and any parcels that they don't own will eventually be swallowed up.

At least put a parking lot there so the land can be useful once again.

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2whyyt(18 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This comes as no shocker, YSU seems to only want to own all of Youngstown, ignore any remnant of history or fine architecture and create an array of bland structures. Hate to be so blunt, but honestly... Come on! And, doesn't YSU have a historic preservation program--why are they not rising to the occasion with ideas (and if they are, let's get that into a Vindicator article)? Also, clearly it's an old web page on the YSU site but the Peck House is listed as a "future home for YSU historic preservation." I think the university could do far better to help preserve the city it calls home. I hope the Peck House is preserved (properly), but if it comes down, sadly it would be no shocker. Welcome to Youngstown. So sad. No respect. You'd think the city would want to use its architectural heritage as an advantage, to showcase how the city is and can be a unique place. More parking lots, lovely contribution. Keep up the good work, YSU. Put a Penguin on a fire hydrant, I guess that is more important.

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3One_Who_Stayed(240 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

As I understand it, they are currently spending 2.5 million dollars restoring the former Wick Pollock Inn to be used as the President's residence. . . .

While I certainly consider the Wick house to be worthy of saving and rehabbing - c'mon - 2.5 MILLION dollars to do this? Seems to me like they could scrape up enough money to at least stabilize this church until a use can be found.

It also seems to me as though - if it came down to a choice of Pilgrim or Peck house - save the church. There's a bunch more structures similar to Peck house than there are like that church. I'm not a religious guy by nature, but I really dig old stone buildings and this one is not in that bad a shape that it needs to go.

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4JBullfrog(21 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

It is sad that Pilgrim Collegiate is getting torn down. The sanctuary is absolutely beautiful (one of the nicest in the city in my opinion) and I believe the stained-glass windows are Tiffany, so hopefully they will be saved by Faith Community or some other organization. While the building was in need of work when YSU took it over, the article fails to mention an important point. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe all the utilities in the building have been off for several years now. You cannot let a building like that sit empty with no heat, no maintenance, etc and expect it to last. YSU owns the property and can do with it what they like, but something tells me they wanted to tear down the church all along and just let it deteriorate until could justify their decision without getting too much flak.

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