ST. LOUIS, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRealEstate.News) The Visitation-St. Ann Shrine Catholic Church in the Lewis Place neighborhood of St. Louis was officially sold by the Archdiocese of St. Louis for $250,000 this week. The church had been a low-activity area for some time, and now with the official sales announcement, it will hopefully see new life with its future owner.
Working on behalf of Apostles Church, they closed the deal in January and now plan to invest about $30,000 in renovations that will include new floors and updated classrooms, pastor Todd Genteman, buyer behind the deal, stated this week.
It was a longtime coming for the Archdiocese, whom was forced to close Visitation-St. Ann, at North Taylor and Evans avenues, July 31, 2016 due to a dwindling congregation and lack of community interest. Though the closing was a sad time for everyone involved with the church, it will now have a shot at new life and activity within the walls.
With Visitation-St. Ann’s closing back last summer, the parish’s territory was split between the St. Elizabeth Mother of John of Baptist and St. Alphonsus “Rock” parishes. Additionally, with the split, the shrine and annual novena were moved to St. Nicholas Church in downtown St. Louis.
Presently, the Visitation-St. Ann property has an appraised value of $175,000, showed the official St. Louis records this past week when obtained by the St. Louis Business Journal. Architect and painter Thomas Barnett designed the 25,000-square-foot Tudor Gothic-style church back in 1901.
Apostles, founded in 2015, had leased space in DeBaliviere Place from Grace & Peace Fellowship at 5574 Delmar Blvd., which had an appraised value of $84,700. Now, with their new space, the church is hoping to take their offerings and congregation size to the next level harnessing the classrooms and common space for weekly services.
Linda Wash Real Estate and Hiliker Corporation represented the Archdiocese.