Church of One Tree Resurrected
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ~ February 22, 2011
SANTA ROSA, CA (January 24, 2011) The City of Santa Rosa will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration on February 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm for the Church of One Tree. After thirteen years of vacancy the Church, located at 492 Sonoma Avenue, is available for public rentals including celebrations, weddings and meetings. The community is invited to help honor the volunteers and workers that have resurrected this exceptional piece of local history.
In December, the Church of One Tree celebrated its 137th birthday. This unique structure was built from one redwood tree that stood 275 ft high and was 18 ft in diameter. The gigantic redwood grew in Stumptown, California (now Guerneville) with the lumber costing a total of $3000. It was the original home to the First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa and has been home to several other unique uses in more recent decades.
After the City took ownership of the church in the 1950’s and was converted to the Ripley Memorial Museum , which contained various memorabilia from Ripley’s cartoons and popular “Believe it or Not” enterprise, including a two-headed calf. Quietly the museum closed its doors in 1998 after almost 30 years of service.
In 2008, the City utilized grant funding to re-lead the stained glass windows, as well as repair, paint and renovate the interior of the Church.
The City of Santa Rosa is dedicated to providing affordable recreation programs and park services for the entire community. Complete information related to Recreation, Parks and Community Services, programs, events and more is available at www.santarosarec.com or by calling the Finley Community Center at 707.543.3737.