CAPA to purchase downtown Columbus' Central Presbyterian Church

You do the math.

Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbus is not quite on the order of a cathedral, but it's a beautiful old building that's on the National Register of Historic Places with a good-to-potentially-great organ and a sizable chancel area.

CAPA is an organization that restores, maintains and operates venues used for the arts.

CAPA is in the process of purchasing Central Presbyterian Church.

It certainly won't be the first church to be transformed for another purpose - especially the arts. In fact, presuming the building re-opens someday - CAPA has no immediate plans to use or renovate the property - the facility has hosted works of major art, as the church has long been a patron.

And it won't be the first time an arts venue has been one that has been repurposed. Warehouses, schools, churches, fire stations.All have proven capable homes for various artistic purposes.

So this is good news, or perhaps as good news as possible for church members. Facing declining membership, the property has been listed for sale for some time. (No purchase price was announced - at one time, the property was listed for $775,000.)

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be the caretaken of such a stunning and important building in the history of this city," said Bill Conner, CAPA president and CEO. "CAPA has successfully maintained buildings in downtown Columbus for more than 40 years, and over time, will develop a plan and purpose for the property which honors its history of service to others."