St. John's Lutheran Church to Demolish Marsh-Ward House for Parking
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church has received a demolition permit to raze the historic Marsh-Ward House at 125 North Fulton Street. Known by many as the former Bijoux clothing store, the house was constructed in the 1870s and remodeled in the Colonial Revival style in the 1920s. St. John's Lutheran Church purchased the property in 2006.
The church desires parking spaces for its $5.9 million contemporary worship center, one block away.
Historic Salisbury Foundation made a proposal to the church in May 2014, which would have allowed the house to be saved and the streetscape along Fulton Street to be strengthened. This proposal was declined by St. John's Lutheran's building committee. A second proposal made last month by HSF would have temporarily removed covenants from the Whitehead Cottage at 120 North Jackson Street, and allowed the church to purchase and move the house to a lot owned by the Foundation. This would have provided parking directly across North Jackson Street from the church's new facility.
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits have played a critical role in preserving the character for which Salisbury and Rowan County are known. This character draws thousands each year to visit our area, stay in local bed and breakfasts and hotels, eat in local restaurants and spend money in local businesses – all of which generate sales tax income. These rehabilitations have eliminated blight, strengthened historic neighborhoods and greatly increased the local tax base. Improvements to these buildings have encouraged other renovations and improvements in their surrounding neighborhoods. Most importantly, these projects which have utilized preservation tax credits have created over 1,000 local jobs – from carpenters and masons to painters, plumbers and electricians.
In conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of Stoneman's Raid on Salisbury and the end of the Civil War, Historic Salisbury Foundation, Rowan Museum and Salisbury Confederate Prison Association will organize an exhibit which explores the people and emotions connected with this part of America's history.
Salisbury was the location of the only prisoner of war camp in North Carolina during the Civil War. Constructed on 16 acres surrounding a former cotton mill, it was designed to hold 2,500 prisoners, largely comprised of Union Soldiers. Toward the end of the war, over 10,000 men were detained within its stockade. The prison was closed in February 1865, just two months before Union General Stoneman occupied the town.
The exhibit will give a photo and brief background about each soldier - whether prisoner, prison guard or other support troop associated with the Salisbury Prison. It will link their descendant to them, provide a photo/personal context and create a dialogue about what it means to have an ancestor associated with the former prisoner of war camp. To obtain the form for descendants of soldiers CLICK HERE.