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Years ago, the historic Prince of Peace Episcopal Church building was saved from ruin by the Vienna Historic Preservation Society. The property was re-purposed as the Vienna Cultural Center and used for small community functions. Years later, the Society became inactive and left the property to the City.
Repairs and erosion issues on the site needed to be addressed. During the 2017 work sessions to update the City’s Comprehensive Work Plan, the local Preservation Commission requested this property be included. In 2018, an HP Fund was developed for the purpose of raising funds to make improvements to the Cultural Center. The Community rallied around this project and, in just a few months, donations were received to fund the cost of repairs to the building and address the drainage/erosion problems.
The erosion problem has been addressed with clearing of the drainage ditches and installation of appropriately sized pipe. The building has also received a new roof, interior and exterior paint, boards replaced where needed, and windows repaired.
Successful outcomes are continued utilization of one of the City's treasured historic resources and the integrity of the Local Historic District remains intact. The impacts to the community include:
Educated and raised awareness in the community of the importance of historic preservation
Provided a greatly needed event venue
Utilized labor services of SWGA United YouthBuild program and assisted local at-risk young people in gaining skills needed for employment and reclaiming their educations
Provided an economic benefit by keeping local dollars local, and the city will collect rental fees for the use of the building