Demolition work has begun on the old Oologah Methodist Church.
The church was built in 1895 and it holds fond memories for many long time Oologah residents.
The church is being torn down to make way for a new community building and media center. Construction workers removed all the stained glass windows last Thursday and boarded up the openings.
Workers successfully removed eight large stained glass windows and two smaller square ones. Several of the windows already had major cracks before they were removed.
“It took them some time to get them out,” mayor Jerry Holland said. “They had to be very careful.”
Mayor Jerry Holland said the cracked windows will need to be repaired. He said they plan on displaying four of the windows in a Heritage Hall in the new community building.
He said the remaining stained glass windows could be sold to raise funds for the new building. Holland said the decision on the remaining windows would be up to the Oologah Community Foundation.
Workers also removed about two dozen old tin ceiling tiles from the church. They will also be displayed in the Heritage Hall. Holland said it was too labor intensive to try and save all the tiles.
Holland said a construction management contract with Brewer Construction had been finalized. Demolition on the actual church should start in the next two weeks and it should take about two weeks to complete.