Ebenezer Baptist Church on St. Helena undergoing renovations

Renovations continue on Ebenezer Baptist Church Friday afternoon on St. Helena Island.
Renovations continue on Ebenezer Baptist Church Friday afternoon on St. Helena Island. Sarah Welliver

Ebenezer Baptist Church on St. Helena Island is getting a facelift and additions as part of a renovation that began last year.

Bricks have been removed from the face of the building at 53 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, and construction is expected to last two to three months, depending on weather, deacon James P. Smalls said.

The renovation is being done in phases, he said. The first phase includes adding two bathrooms, bringing the building up to code and replacing windows.

The bathrooms are being added to the front of the building, where the bricks were removed.

The brick facade will be replaced when the construction is complete. Smalls said he did not know off hand how much the improvements will cost, but said the project is progressing well.

The church was founded in 1884 and is an offshoot of Brick Baptist Church, the oldest church on St. Helena. It has about 600 active members. The building is about 7,500-square-feet and was constructed in 1940, according to Beaufort County property records.

In other changes about town:

  • The Von Harten building, 509 Carteret St., is getting spruced up, according to Terry Payton, who is doing the repairs and renovations. It is one of several buildings he is fixing up for owners Environments Inc., including the former Boombears toy store at 501 Carteret St. Payton said the work includes replacing rotten wood, fixing roofs and clearing plant growth and debris. The Von Harten building was considered for the home of Beaufort Bread Co., but finance issues led owner Rick Stone to decide to open on Lady's Island. He hopes to open early May.

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