Stowe voters approve saving former church

03/03/09 6:10PM

Voters in Stowe say a decrepit 19th century church building is worth saving.

In a Town Meeting day vote Tuesday, they turned thumbs-down on a measure proposing that the ski town "sell, respectfully salvage or otherwise dispose of the so-called 'Rotary Barn,'" which was a church when it was built in 1839 and has since served as a gymnasium, classroom and storage space.

A citizens group wants to raise money privately and restore the town-owned building, and now they'll have the chance.

Evelyn Frey, a member of Historic Stowe II, says the group has obtained tax-exempt status and can begin taking donations to pay for work to begin saving it.

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