The Patrick Leslie Memorial Presbyterian Church in Braemar St is up for sale.
The Patrick Leslie Memorial Presbyterian Church in Braemar St is up for sale. realestate.com

Property moguls are circling a piece of Warwick history

A PIECE of Southern Downs history is up for sale with real estate agents calling for expressions of interest for the Patrick Leslie Memorial Presbyterian Church on Braemar St.

The 114-year-old church was built for the presbyterian community at Pratten in 1905 and later moved to its current location in 1955.

Real Estate agent Stuart Wade has already received a lot of interest from developers at the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba.

"The church is local heritage listed, so there not much you can do with it, you can move it on the lot though,” he said.

"The hall is not heritage listed, so you could remove that and have enough room to build a set of units.”

There is no price tag set down for the property and Mr Wade is calling for tenders, in part because it is hard to value the property.

He said the 1012sq m block was located in a prime residential area and - if cleared - would be worth be about $130,000.

"It is hard to say what the property is worth, maybe between $200,000-$250,000,” Mr Wade said.

The church still has all its original timber work including a plaque dedicated to the congregation's earlier elder Alexander Hutton.

He hosted presbyterian services from a slab shed at his Pratten property as far back as 1895.

Mr Hutton was instrumental in arranging fundraising and a subscription drive to gather money to construct the church.

The largest donation came from a Major Davidson of Scotland, who sent £110.

In total the church cost about £185 to build.

Mr Wade is tasked with selling the contents of the church, including all the pews, a piano, an ornamental chair and pieces of the old pulpit.

Each item will be sold separately and interested parties are asked to file individual tender documents.

The church is on the local heritage register, meaning new owners are prevented from making significant change to the outside of the building.

However, they can renovate inside.

The church hall has large main room, two smaller offices and two toilets.

Expressions of interest are due by February 28.

Phone 4661 5655 for more details.



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