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3 Scottsdale churches poised to become historical properties

Jun 11, 2013

Arizona Republic

What part of separation of Church and State don't these members of the Scottsdale city council understand????

First Amendment - US Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
Article 2 Section 12 - Arizona Constitution
... No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to the support of any religious establishment ...


3 Scottsdale churches poised to become historical properties

By Michael Clancy The Republic | azcentral.com Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:03 AM

Three Scottsdale churches likely will win historic-register designation when the Scottsdale City Council considers them for inclusion on June 18.

Proposed for the list:

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 6427 E. Indian School Road.

Glass and Garden Community Church, 8620 E. McDonald Drive.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3110 N. Hayden Road.

Each of them opened in the 1960s, during a time of rapid growth in the community. Each is still used for its original purpose, as a house of worship.

“The local historic register is an honor roll of buildings that are important to city history,” said Don Meserve, Scottsdale’s historic-preservation officer. “It provides recognition.”

He said the designation does not guarantee survival of the buildings, but rather serves as formal recognition of their significance to the community, and honors past accomplishments in the city. Designation also means eligibility for some incentives, although currently they are available only for private homes.

Meserve said he anticipates approval for the churches.

One church building, the 1933 mission church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, is on the register. The building, at First Street and Brown Avenue in Old Town, still is owned by the congregation, which now worships at 7655 E. Main St.

“We have such a beautiful building here,” said Lois Fitch, a member of the Christian Science church on Indian School Road.

She notes its decorative concrete ceilings in both the sanctuary and children’s room, the open-block wall facing Indian School, and the use of native materials, including copper and adobe bricks.

Fitch took the lead in persuading members to go along with the designation. A former history teacher who is active in the community, she organized meetings and votes.

At Holy Cross, Pastor Brian Murphy said the church’s unique architecture was among the first things he learned about when he arrived in 2000.

“It doesn’t rain here much, but when it does, water drains from the roof into the columns and shoots outside,” he said. “That’s pretty cool.”

He said the historical recognition is most deserved by the church’s first members.

“Some people had a great idea and hired an innovative architect,” he said.

The sanctuary, he said, offers a “wonderful worship environment,” even though it was built as a multipurpose center that was supposed to be replaced by another building. That never happened.

Pastor Gene James of the Garden Church, current occupant of the church formerly named Glass and Garden, did not return calls.

The church was set up to accommodate drive-in services, and it continues those services today via a low-power radio broadcast that can be heard in the parking lot.

Two other churches, the old Ascension Lutheran Church at 75th Street and Indian School Road, and St. Maria Goretti, 6261 N. Granite Reef Road, are likely to be designated eventually.

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane

jlane@scottsdaleaz.gov
(480)312-2433
(480)312-2738 (fax)

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
85251

Vice Mayor Suzanne Klapp

sklapp@scottsdaleaz.gov
(480)312-2550
(480)312-7885 (fax)

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
85251

Councilmember Virginia Korte

vkorte@scottsdaleaz.gov
(480)312-2550
(480)312-7885 (fax)

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
85251

Councilman Robert Littlefield

rlittlefield@scottsdaleaz.gov
(480)312-2550
(480)312-7885 (fax)

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
85251

Councilwoman Linda Milhaven

lmilhaven@scottsdaleaz.gov
(480)312-2550
(480)312-7885 (fax)

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
85251

Councilman Guy Phillips

gphillips@scottsdaleaz.gov
(480)312-2550
(480)312-7885 (fax)

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
85251

Councilman Dennis Robbins

drobbins@scottsdaleaz.gov
(480)312-2550
(480)312-7885 (fax)

3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ
85251