TEMPLE (September 21, 2012)-The Temple Historic Preservation Committee will hold a reception honoring Christ Episcopal Church as the latest recipient of a Temple Historic Marker.
The reception will be held on Monday at 5 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 300 N. Main Street.
The church has an extensive history in Temple as it was first established as a mission in 1883.
By 1901, a wooden frame church was built on the corner of Main and Calhoun, the present site for the church.
The next year, the parish was established as an independent parish and quickly began planning for a new building.
Construction of the present English gothic church began in 1904, and was finished by 1905.
The fist service was held on September 24, 1905.
Since then, many improvements and additions have been made including restoring hardwood floors and pews, improving lighting to accommodate different stained glass and an expansion project helped to restore symmetry and bring the church into the modern era.
The Historic Marker Program was designed to recognize historically significant structures within the city, while encouraging preservation and restoration.
In order for a property to be considered for a Temple Historic Marker, the property owner must fill out an application and submit it with supporting documentation to the Historic Preservation Committee.
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling the Temple Visitor Center at (254) 298-5900.