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Chip and Joanna Are Literally Picking Up and Relocating a Historic Church to Magnolia Market

Elizabeth Gulino
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From House Beautiful

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Chip and Joanna Gaines just announced their ambitious plans to expand Magnolia Market at the Silos-plans that'll cost $10.4 million, to be exact. While their new additions and renovations are already sounding amazing-cue the brand new wiffle ball field, retail spaces, coffee shops, and a furniture store-there's another intriguing feature headed to the Waco, Texas tourist spot: a historic church.

The church was originally built in 1894, but was sitting empty for decades, according to The Waco Tribune. In 2015, it was named one of Waco's most endangered historic buildings, until the Gaineses bought it from architect Sterling Thompson-the architect behind Magnolia Table-in February of 2017. The master plan for the $10.4 million Magnolia Market includes a plan for the renovated church to be used as a place to sit and possibly hold seminars-sign me up!

Before the renovations at Magnolia Market were underway, Joanna Gaines opened up about the purchase in the Fall 2018 issue of The Magnolia Journal. “There are certain projects that sit in my heart. This is one of them," Joanna said about the historic structure. "This church has a soul, and I look forward to letting it share its own story. We’re not rushing it; we’ll let it tell us in its own time. That’s what keeps me hanging on to this one."

To get the historic structure to the Silos, the design duo has to-quite literally-pick up the church and move it onto the new green space during their renovation. Getting the church to Magnolia Market will be an ordeal-the structure has an addition of a few rooms and a basement, and the steeple may even have to be removed and reattached during its big move. Architect Sterling Thomson spoke to the Tribune, detailing just how difficult the whole process could be.

“Whether they have to dissect the building or not, it’s a big job,” Thompson said. “But moving a structure that big can be done.”

Renovations for Magnolia Market have already begun, and we can't wait to see when-and how-the historic church makes it over to the Silos.

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