At the end of last year, it was announced that local developers had purchased a historic church in Philly and actually planned to preserve it. Now, we know what's officially in store for First African Baptist Church in Graduate Hospital: The historic church will undergo a major restoration and be converted into professional office space. The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the developers envision the church being a place for law, architectural, real estate, or accounting firms.
As for the structural work, one of the three developers Bill Vessal had this to say:
"We are going to preserve most of the fabric of the church. It's interior and exterior," he said. "The church has such an incredible history. We love the location and property. Everybody else wanted to tear it down, but I think it would be a crime to tear such as beautiful building down." The church parking lot will likely remain untouched. The article also noted that the church, located at 1606-08 Christian St., sold for $2.05 million.