LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The city celebrated the makeover of a piece of Louisville history Wednesday. The renovated chapel at the historic Fansley-Moreman Landing was dedicated.
With the snip of a ribbon, the old chapel began a new life.
“It’s wonderful that it was preserved,” Rebecca Hodge, who attended the dedication, said. “The church was a vital part of the community for so many years and so many generations and an important part of the history of my own family.”
Hodge’s grandfather was the pastor at the church during the floods of 1937. It was once a part of Bethany United Methodist on Dixie Highway. When that church moved and the property was sold, the community pushed to save this sliver of history.
“The seeds sown here in the hearts and minds of people were carried throughout the whole county, were contributing factors in the lives of many other people,” Hodge said.
The chapel was moved to the grounds of Riverside, the Farnsley-Moreman Landing in Southwest Louisville several years ago. Now, it’s also been renovated to become a venue for weddings, meetings, historic interpretation, and other special events.
“The greenest building is one that you can preserve,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Whether that’s a building downtown or moving a chapel like this as well.”
The restoration of the 125-year-old chapel cost $928,000 and took nearly 10 years. Riverside raised most of the money for the project through grassroots support. Individuals and businesses also pitched in $125,000 to match a challenge grant from Louisville Metro.