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Dover's Historic Christ Church prepares for restoration project

A Dover church on the National Register of Historic places is closing  temporarily for restoration work.

Christ Episcopal Church on S. State Street closes after services this Sunday for a months-long restoration and renovation project.

Jon Raniais the lay ministry associate and director of music for the church. He says Kent Construction Company of Smyrna begins work next week.


“We have electricians coming in, we have painters coming in," said Rania. "The pews will be temporarily removed so that the floors - we have beautiful multi-plank wood floors underneath the main portion of the sanctuary that will be refinished.”  

Raniasays crews will modernize the church’s lighting, insulating and replacing the HVAC system.

The work will cost $250,000, split between the congregation and a loan from the Episcopal Diocese. It’s expected to be done by mid-August. Services will be held in the adjacent Parish Hall until then.


Raniasays Christ Church landed on the National Register in the early 1970’s. The main and original portion of the church was built in 1734 and has been in continuous use since.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.