Posted on 09 February 2012.
625 South St. is the site of the planned Friends Meetinghouse.
After nearly two years of planning, the Davidson Friends Meeting will break ground this Sunday, Feb. 12, on an addition to a home it owns on South Street that is to become its first permanent meetinghouse. The ceremony will be at noon at 625 South St., next to Davidson Elementary School.
The $350,000 to $400,000 project will include a renovation of the existing house and a 2,300-square-foot addition, which will provide space for weekly worship services. The group currently meets nearby at Calvary Presbyterian Church, and will remain there until the new meetinghouse is ready, possibly by the end of summer, member Rebecca Ruhlen said Thursday.
The Davidson Friends Meeting was founded in 1989 by six people with ties to Davidson College, including three professors. They met regularly at the college’s Carolina Inn, on North Main Street. They now have 20 or more at weekly services and about 40 members, and have begun seeking a new home.
Architect's view of the planned renovation, which includes a two-story meeting area at rear.
In 2007, the Quakers acquired the property at 625 South St., including a small house that it has used for children’s classes and committee meetings.
“We’ve been using the house, but it’s too small for our Sunday morning meetings for worship,” Ms. Ruhlen said. So they planned the addition.
The meetinghouse was designed by Davidson architect Paul B. Clark and will be built by Meridian DesignBuild and T/A England Custom Builders. See plans and other details about the new meetinghouse on the Friends’ website.
WANT TO GO?
Sunday’s groundbreaking will be at noon at 625 South St. Meanwhile, the Quakers welcome all to join in worship and to experience Quaker community on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 605 South St., Davidson. More information is available at davidson.quaker.org or by calling 704-895-8404.
Feb. 3, 2010, “Workshop Feb. 18 on Quakers’ plans for South St. site”
Jan. 14, 2010, “Friends meeting moves”