St. Marks Episcopal Church, now the Episcopal Parish of St. Mark and St. John, is an historic church at 21 Race Street in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, PA. Completed in 1869, it is a prominent example of Gothic Revival architecture designed by that style’s leading proponent, Richard Upjohn.
Largely funded by railroad magnate, legislator and philanthropist Asa Packer, Mary Packer Cummings continued in her father’s stewardship to improve the church, she installed one of the oldest Otis cage elevators in the country and other improvements until her death in 1912.
St. Marks was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The pride of Jim Thorpe, it is not only beautiful to behold but is integral to the town as an active church and community center.
One week after Carbon County Commissioners told members of the SOS Committee that if they were there to discuss stopping the Susquehanna Street Project, they had nothing to talk about, the commissioners announced they were scaling back the project, There would be NO rock removal and the church's treasures and its sight line greeting visitors to Jim Thorpe would not be in jeopardy.
One day later Commissioner Wayne Nothstein told WFMZ's Bo Koltnow that they may have to go a couple of feet into the mountain.
Statements change from day to day and week to week. If you give them an inch and they take a mile, what will they do if you give them a couple of feet?
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The SOS Committee is sponsoring a Bipartisan Night to Meet the Candidates for Carbon County Commissioner on Wednesday, May 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway. Light refreshments will be served.
Imagine driving into one of the most beautiful small towns in America. Instead of being greeted by the majestic Gothic spire of St. Marks against a brilliant blue sky and backed by Flagstaff Mountain, you see a lackluster generic three-story office/parking garage whose construction caused the destruction of a National Historic Landmark and its Tiffany stained glass windows!
A real possibility, the landscape and fiber of Jim Thorpe could be changed forever. Vibrations from the proposed excavation of the mountain just yards away from priceless Tiffany windows and the foundation of the church, which is the mountain itself, could increase the possibility of rockslides and damage masonry, plaster and glass.
Currently estimated at $14 million, this project would be paid for by the citizens of Carbon County for decades to come. Please stand with our community as we vigorously oppose the Carbon County Commissioners, Save Our Sanctuaries and Stop the Susquehanna Street Project.
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