Historic church building on the move

EUGENE, Ore. - A historic church is on the move.


The building, which moved from Prairie Road to Irvington Drive in 1982, will be moved about 3 miles to a new site.

The building is no longer in use by the Sonrise Christian Church.

The Save the Sonrise Chapel Foundation raised the money to move the building to the grounds of Nature Discovery Christian School, about 3 miles away. Matt Hennon with the school said they will use the building as a chapel for students at the school.

Plans call for moving the church cross-country over recently harvested farm fields on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This may actually be the third move for the building: In the "History of the Irving Christian Church," as cited by the Pioneer History to About 1900 website, the congregation made reference to moving a church building from Clear Lake to the Irving area, now part of north Eugene, in 1899.