First Presbyterian has endured a lengthy rebuilding process due to the May 2002 fire that engulfed the historical 1857 church. First Presbyterian was almost ready to occupy the new west wing when the fire struck. The congregation chose to rebuild the church and the additions once again. Several items were salvaged from the fire and incorporated into the new building, including a few pews, a cross, the original front doors and some of the stained glass windows were saved.
The new church has now been completely re-built. Red Wing Construction Company was able to custom design the oak ceiling beams in the sanctuary to match the ones in the historic original church. A new sanctuary, fellowship hall, bathroom facilities, classrooms, a commercial kitchen and a complete sprinkling system are included in the church.
“Red Wing Construction Company and its “Design/Build” philosophy enabled us to create a church complex that will serve people for generations to come. Individuals in the firm took the time to learn the goals of the building committee and then find ways to meet those goals. We wanted our new church to be reminiscent of the old but not an exact copy. This resulted, for example, in their designing unique beams for our sanctuary and parlor that provide the feeling of warmth and quality that we described. RWCC “stood with us” as our historic building burned when our planned addition was almost ready for occupancy. That addition was rebuilt, and now the sanctuary and fellowship hall have been completed. We are pleased to have worked with a company that takes such a personal interest in their projects.”