project leader
JESSICA B
location
3500 Montgomery Rd
(Evanston)
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The Cincinnati Enquirer covering The Mark!

the project

The Evanston Community is committed to acquiring St. Mark Church to be established as a community center to benefit the neighborhood and the region. We want to transform the St. Mark Church, built in 1905, into a cultural, artistic, and neighborhood hub making it a Center with tenant stakeholders that will attract and serve members and/or clientele throughout greater Cincinnati. The St. Mark Center will be a showcase for other communities in Cincinnati to transform historical buildings into settings that can address the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) by bringing businesses into the community that will support employment and income, provide areas for social gatherings especially important for senior citizens and youth, provide food pantries, and many other initiatives. 

We know this transformation of the vacant St. Mark Church is something that supports Cincinnati.  We are working to purchase St. Mark's so we can stop deterioration, stabilize it and begin the transformation.  

Join us to Save The Mark.

 

the steps

  • Secure purchase of The Mark
  • Repair the terra cotta roof and other external damage
  • Repair existing decay due to neglect
  • Secure tenant stakeholders

 

why we're doing it

In evaluating the pros and cons of land use issues affecting our communities we are, in the highest sense, called upon to act as community stewards, entrusted with the thoughtful and responsible management of our community’s unique assets and resources while minimizing threats and taking advantage of opportunities.

From a population health perspective, a neighborhood hub will provide opportunities to address the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) which have become a national focus during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  It will demonstrate how Cincinnati is able to use historic buildings to be meaningful places in urban neighborhoods that support economic opportunity, businesses for employment, social gatherings and safety.  We have learned how the SDoH, such as education, employment, income, physical activity, community safety, food security, and access to care, are critical to improving average life expectancy and overall health of a community. 

budget

This will be phase one of the project with a goal to purchase the historic St. Mark building in Evanston. Once we are able to purchase The Mark, we will need to hit the ground running to preserve the integrity of the building. Repairing the terracotta roof, and other exterior improvements to halt any new decay as well as needed abatement will all be needed to keep The Mark strong. These repairs are only the first steps toward fullfilling our vision for The Mark to serve the Evanston community and the Cincinnati region as a cultural hub.

Construction Staffing: $25,000

Abatement: $19,000

 Clean Up: $30,000

Exterior Improvement: $10,000

Roof Repairs: $20,000

 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $104,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$3,218
TOTAL TO RAISE = $107,253
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

updates

The Cincinnati Enquirer covering The Mark!

Evanston Community Council starts fundraiser to purchase, renovate historic St. Mark Church:

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2021/03/18/community-starts-fundraiser-purchase-renovate-historic-church-evanston/4755937001/

 

Text:

The Evanston Community Council and Save the Mark, a local nonprofit, are looking for donors to raise the money needed to purchase the historic St. Mark Catholic Church and renovate it into a community center. 

After acquiring the church building at 3500 Montgomery Road, $104,000 is needed to cover the costs of construction staffing, abatement, clean up, exterior improvements and roof repairs, according to Save the Mark's crowdfunding webpage.

"It is essential to purchase St. Mark soon in order to stop deterioration, stabilize the building and begin the transformation," the nonprofit said in a release. "We believe that by preserving the integrity of our collective past, we set a foundation for generations of growth." 

The goal of the project is to create St. Mark Center, which is intended to be used as a "cultural, artistic and neighborhood hub," the release states. 

 

Some of those possible uses include providing space for social gatherings and food pantries. The nonprofit also hopes the community center will bring more businesses to the area. 

The design for St. Mark Catholic Church was inspired by two Catholic churches in Italy and the building first opened in 1916, according to the Cincinnati Preservation Association

A predominantly Black parish – it held its last mass on July 25, 2010 in order to accommodate a merger by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the building's current owner, according to Enquirer archives. 

 

St. Mark was one of four African-American parishes to be combined into the Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill. The merger was meant to allow the parishes to pool their limited membership and resources. 

The fundraising deadline is May 31 and so far only $500 has been donated toward the project. 

Work To Preserve Black History Through Architecture

Greater Cincinnatians Work To Preserve Black History Through Architecture, Cincinnati prides itself on its historic architecture. While some local landmarks vital to the region's Black history and communities are seeing preservation, many others sit empty, their fates uncertain. And more still have recently been leveled.

Listen to the WVXU interview here

 

We're live!

The call to action now is to bring together the voices and investors who can help us preserve this building so it can be transformed into a space that will serve our best community interests and ambitions well into the future. Help to save The Mark by making your mark. Show your support and spread this message of opportunity to others who are looking to preserve a vital piece of the heart and soul of our Cincinnati community. 

photos

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donors

  • McCarthy Family
  • Shari S.
  • Carl Kinney
  • Leslie Mattie Rich
  • CONSTANCE BOCKELMAN
  • Anonymous
  • Brady J.
  • William P.
  • Catherine J.
  • Bill & Lynda Leugers
  • Nigel Sullivan
  • JC
  • In the memory of Curtis and Margaret Marie Stewart
  • Josephine M.
  • Susan and Bill Schmidt
  • Bill & Jane M.
  • The Immells
  • in honor of Ginnie and Agnes Niemer (Colleen Foster)
  • Grant M.
  • Justin W.
  • Michael F.
  • Eleonora Fusco
  • Anonymous
  • Lawrence Pauly
  • Jessie B.
  • David R.
  • Gregory Stewart