A church at the corner of Davis Drive and West Church Road in Sterling, which became a landmark for some area residents who saw it as emblematic of old Sterling and of destructive redevelopment, came down today.
Over the past two days, heavy machinery has torn down and carried off the remains of Davis Church. The Gothic Revival building went up in the 1870s, but was been updated over the years until the congregation left the building more than 30 years ago. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources found the church ineligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, and supporters of a developer’s plans to raze the building and put up a self-storage facility say it has been neglected since.
Plans to create a pocket park to possibly save parts of the church—from the façade to the organ pipes—fell apart, with nobody willing or able to shoulder the financial burden of maintaining the park.