Cary, NC – First United Methodist Church is one of Downtown Cary’s oldest landmarks and for the past year, the historic church has been undergoing new construction and renovations, with plans for those first major phases to finish this Summer.
Update on Construction
The most recognizable change to First United Methodist Church is the construction of a new Youth and Community Center, which is on the corner of Waldo Street and North Walker Street. This will be a 25,000 square foot building with a variety of uses including education, recreation and a kitchen.
Christine Hildebrand, First United Methodist’s executive director, said they expect construction to finish around the end of May 2019.
“We’ll be moving in the first part of June,” Hildebrand said. “It’s coming along well.”
The Youth and Community Center has a modern look compared to the rest of the church, which is most apparent by the glass walls, which Hildebrand said will bring in light and encourage group work.
Once the Youth and Community Center’s construction is complete, Hildebrand said they will start on renovations for the Templeton Building.
“We anticipate that will start at the end of May and conclude in early August,” Hildebrand said. “The first piece is the classrooms, as walls will be taken down to they will be larger and have more uses.”
The sidewalk around First United Methodist Church is also wider and has the same brick look that Academy Street has, as well as new street lights installed.
Modernizing the Church
Once the Templeton Building’s renovations are complete, Hildebrand said there will be renovations across the entire church building. Like the Templeton Building, this will include removing the walls from between offices in order to make them multi-purpose rooms.
“We want larger spaces where people can work together,” she said.
This all follows an architectural philosophy Hildebrand said is centered around opening up the space in the church, both for collaboration inside of the building and collaboration with the community overall.
“We want this to be a space where our partners in the community can come in and work without having to pay,” she said.
Once the Templeton Building is renovated and the Youth and Community Center is complete, Hildebrand said there will be some sort of community open house to invite people in to see how the church has changed.
First United Methodist Church is located at 117 S Academy St.
Story by Michael Papich. Photos by Michael Papich and First United Methodist Church.