On May 7, 2019, I received fantastic news by way of a comment on a photograph of this lovely building that I’d posted on Instagram back on February 15, 2017. The long-abandoned Central Church of Bartlett had been lovingly restored, and that Saturday (May 11) an open house would be held as part of a town-wide event called Bartlett on the Bricks.
I was thrilled to hear the building had been saved, but unfortunately, Margie and I were scheduled to be in Glen Rose the day of the open house to meet my cousin and his family, who had been overseas for five years.
So we didn’t go.
A little less than four months later, this beautiful building is all but gone, having been destroyed by a fire that started in the house next door and quickly spread.