Historic Cleveland Church taken down piece by piece

The historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church, at East 86th and Euclid no longer exists, dismantled, piece by piece. It stood there for a century and was beyond repair.

Finished in 1902, Emmanuel Episcopal was built during a time when millionaires lived on Euclid Avenue and was once a place of worship for hundreds of Clevelanders.

But how the church started isn't as interesting as how it ended.

Too historic to bulldoze, but too far gone to save, it's was taken down stone by stone, and preserved.

Small hand tools and saw blades carefully cut the stone fa├žade, wood work and religious pieces inside.

"There's a great deal of handcarved wood work. There's beautiful buttresses that will be salvaged and saved and used somewhere else down the line in Cleveland," says Mallory Haas, a historic archeologist with Cleveland State University.

"There were very unique art deco tiles that we just found a couple weeks ago that were made in France that were very expensive at the time that will be used in a property hopefully very close to this location."

Haas, says almost any piece valuable enough to be saved, will be incorporated into new buildings around the Cleveland area or put on display at the Western Reserve Historical society.

Even the now silenced skinner organ, will once again play music, when salvaged parts are used in Trinity Cathedral's organ.

"Not everything can be saved, but I think we started a really interesting trend in Cleveland," says Haas.

The preservationists wrapped up their work at the end of December and the church was razed early morning January 10th.

The Cleveland Clinic bought the land and will build a hotel in its place.


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