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AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - Board members over The Windows in Amory plan to renovate the historic building before its 100th birthday.
The building, located at the corner of 3rd Avenue North and North 3rd Street, is named for its beautiful antique stained glass windows.
It was built in 1926, but for several years the building has been vacant and its up-keep was difficult to maintain for its former owners.
President of The Windows, Steve Stockton, said that is about to change.
"This building is here for every citizen in this town and even people outside of this town," he said.
First Christian Church originally owned the building. Another church later owned. The Windows board purchased it 10 years ago.
Stockton credits Gloria Herring, a former board member, for spearheading the push to begin renovations.
Unfortunately, Herring died a few months ago before renovations could begin.
Stockton said their goal is to preserve the building and its windows.
"They are beautiful and everybody appreciates that," Stockton said. "But they also have some value, and they've been valued at over a half-million dollars."
For many long-time Amory residents, The Windows is where they went to church growing up.
WTVA anchor Craig Ford held his wedding there.
"It was a beautiful building and it still is a beautiful building," Ford said. "If you go inside it, you know, you see the way the sanctuary is laid out, you see the windows. It is a gorgeous structure."
Currently, there is water damage; some lights are out and there is structural damage.
Stockton said the board has secured funding to start the project.
Stockton said the project includes masonry work.
"I know I speak for my wife in that we're glad to see that efforts are being made to try to restore that building and try to keep it a part of Amory," Ford said.
Board members hope to turn the building into a facility for the arts, dinner events, and more.
Other renovations include adding handicap accessibility, extending the stage for various performances, and adding sound and lights.
"You can help," Stockton said. "Every dollar counts. And you can make a contribution to the CREATE Foundation in The Windows name."
Donations can be sent to the CREATE Foundation in Tupelo or via its website. Open this link to visit the website.
The foundation's mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1053
Tupelo, MS, 38802.