NEW GALILEE — The remote-controlled, sliding stained glass doorways seize your consideration.
Resulting in a personal, elevated convention room, this one-of-a-kind characteristic is amongst a number of fascinating nooks and crannies architecturally added to the previous St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church on the principle avenue of New Galilee.
From tin ceilings to granite counters; and vintage stained glass doorway dividers, to a few built-in espresso bars, the vibe mixes conventional with cool and practical.
Most motorists chugging by means of this tiny, rural Beaver County borough wouldn’t have recognized the outdated church has housed the Integra Advertising Group (IMG) workplaces the previous 11 years.
Do not acknowledge the title of that marketing-advertising-public relations group?
Properly their work for those who’ve lived within the Beaver Valley the previous few a long time; from IMG’s “You gonna prefer it!” Pappan’s Restaurant commercials, to Brighton Sizzling Canine Shoppe’s “Take Frankie on trip” buyer promotion, to campaigns for PGT Trucking, PA Cyber, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Boots Texas Roadhouse, Sewickley Automotive Retailer, Sincerely Yogurt and plenty of extra.
Amid extensively renovating the previous church, IMG president Chuck Verrett took his firm worldwide, working with purchasers like EarthLink, Chrysler, KinderCare and Subway. Although with the broader viewers and altering instances comes much less want for workplace area — the times of pitching advert concepts on a imaginative and prescient board to a roomful of purchasers is antiquated in an period of Zoom video chatting.
So with bittersweet emotions, Verrett determined to downsize and has put the 6,363-square-foot church construction up on the market, presenting a novel alternative for a visionary like himself.
What might it change into? A mattress & breakfast? Cozy restaurant? A small leisure venue? Verrett hopes a community-minded purchaser steps ahead.
“I constructed this with coronary heart — not essentially brains — so sure, as you possibly can see while you stroll round and on all of the partitions they inform an incredible story. Extra importantly, I’ve hand picked every thing that went into it with the assist of an architect and a fireplace designers.”
Church-worthy, leaded stained glass home windows adorn entrances to a number of assembly rooms.
In 2010, Verrett purchased these home windows from an vintage supplier.
One window depicts Mary, the mom of Christ.
The dramatic sliding-glass convention room home windows have been salvaged from Ozark Immaculate Conception Church in-built 1875 in Ozark, Ohio.
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Verrett purchased the vacated New Galilee church in 2010, impressed by a tour of Hallmark Card Co.’s rural retreat, Kearney Farm, exterior Kansas Metropolis.
Relocating from downtown Beaver Falls to Centennial Avenue in rural New Galilee (pop. 344) meant much less hustle-and-bustle, although IMG headquarters conveniently sat a couple of miles from the crossroads of Interstate 376 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
St. Ann’s had occupied that church for practically 80 years, holding its last Mass on June 3, 2001. The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh did its personal downsizing, merging St. Ann with St. Rose of Lima Parish in Darlington Township in 1994. Within the yr earlier than the merger, Mass attendance at St. Ann averaged 100 or much less folks.
Somebody initially purchased the constructing with plans of transforming it for an engineering firm, however the deal fell by means of and he put it again available on the market, which is when Verrett swooped in to purchase. Now after 11 years, it is time for Verrett to promote.
Howard Hanna actual property agent Hal Martin lists the building for $475,000, touting its proximity to Route 168, Route 351, 376 and the Turnpike, together with “superb finishes” and an “spectacular grand entry and reception space” that might make it “good for a corporation headquarters.
Martin additionally sees post-pandemic potential for a brewery, vineyard, gallery “or introduced again to its unique objective as a spot of worship.”
He stated “the inside James Bond like options are solely outweighed by its furnishings and impeccable audio-visual methods. A full kitchen and health space surrounded by present firstclass workplace stations are highlighted by stained glass and meticulous craftsmanship.”
Scott Tady is the native Leisure Reporter for The Beaver County Occasions and Ellwood Metropolis Ledger. He is straightforward to succeed in at firstname.lastname@example.org. Observe him on Twitter at @scotttady