This congregation was still active in 1974, when they held their centennial, but I don’t know when it disbanded, nor do I know when the fire damage that partially gutted the roof occurred.
Ezekiel New Congregational Methodist, as well as the old Ruskin Church and the old Trinity Methodist in downtown Waycross (now demolished) are, in my opinion, all the work of the same builder. I would be grateful if anyone could shed some light on this as I feel the builder should be recognized in some way.
See the other two here:
Thanks to photographer Anna Gay Leavitt for helping me locate this church.
This side view really shows off the architecture of this old building, which has been abandoned for as long as I can remember. The Ludowici Tile roof adds a lot of interest. I don’t know if this was a railroad-related structure or something else. It’s located near the present-day Waycross Coca-Cola offices.
This historic property is currently for sale.
This view shows the house from the McDonald Street side. It was razed in mid-2013.
The congregation was founded in 1888.
Opened on 21 February 1929, the Hotel Ware contained 110 rooms, all with private baths, which was a luxury at the time. When I was a boy, my father, who worked for CSX (Seaboard Coast Line in those days, and Atlantic Coast Line before that), stayed at this hotel, along with the many other railroad men who worked out of Waycross. I well remember the poor condition of the rooms and the dangerous old elevator, but I also fondly recall the coffee shop with its heavy china and short order cooks. There was a true sense of community in the place, and when I photographed the Ware a little over a year ago, I was so worried that it was bound for the wrecking ball. I am glad that Waycross has chosen to save this iconic structure, which will soon become a residential apartment building.