Project Plan

In collaboration with UF College of Architecture, Prayers By Faith Ministry, Donors, and the Gainesville community, the project will be
completed in three phases.

We've been working with the congregation over the last year to help preserve and imagine what this building could be.

Marty Hylton

UF Historic Preservation Program Director

Three Phases

Phase One

and Stabilization


Phase Two

Project Planning

Phase Three

Project Implementation

Archival and historical research 

Building documentation using terrestrial laser scanning


Historic American Building Survey Drawings (in process)

Preliminary existing conditions assessment

National Register of Historic Places nomination (to be reviewed by the Florida Division of Historical Resources on February 4, 2021)

Temporary roof tarp donated and installed by Perry Roofing

Tenting building and treating termites (funds in place; planning underway)


Temporary repairs to windows and exterior envelope (TBD)


Inventory and pack existing artifacts in building (TBD)





UF School of Architecture design studio (Spring 2022)

Community workshop and design charrette to identify needs and uses (Spring 2022)

Historic Structure Report prepared by UFHP (TBD) – planning document

Rehabilitation and adaptive use designs – architectural and engineering services (TBD)

Exhibition materials for interpreting local Civil Rights history and building (TBD)


Creation of an organization to oversee the building and its reconstruction (Spring 2022)


Strategic and operational plan for new organization and repurposed building (TBD)


The construction work to rehabilitate and repurpose the building will be organized into multiple phases and implemented as funding is secured.