Herald JournalHerald Journal, June 30, 2003

St. John's Lutheran of Winsted plans expansion

By Julie Yurek

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted is getting its Christmas gift early this year.

Construction on a 2,800-square feet addition will start in July and hopefully be finished before Christmas, said Rodney Gutzmann, a member of the building committee.

The new construction will be added to the front of the church.

The primary purpose of the expansion is to make the church handicapped accessible, Gutzmann said.

The addition will have four to five Sunday school rooms in the lower level, an elevator, rest rooms on the main floor, and an expanded greeting area.

The basement of the current church was built in the 1940s and the above ground church and foyer were constructed in the 1960s, Gutzmann said.

The addition will not exceed $500,000, he said.

Payment will come from congregation donations and a loan from the Community Bank Winsted, he said.

VanMan Company of Golden Valley is the architect and general contractor, Gutzmann said.

The building committee settled on the chosen design last fall, he said. There are five people on the committee.

"There has been talk about building for years," Gutzmann said.

An open house will probably be planned, said Eldron Hecksal, chairman of the building committee.

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