Parker Methodist Church Parsonage
Location: The parsonage was formerly located .21 miles east of the intersection of Parker Mainstreet and Colorado Highway 83. It was on the south side of Mainstreet, adjacent to the Ruth Memorial Chapel.
In the early 1920s the need for a church parsonage arose and solicitation for building funds and construction services began. The cost estimate for the new building was estimated to be $2000. Construction began and the building was completed in early October of 1920. An article in the Record Journal of October 8th described the project as “A comfortable parsonage for the minister of the Community M.E. Church.”
Even after its use as a parsonage was discontinued, the building was used for various church activities for many years. In 1996 both the parsonage and the Ruth Memorial church buildings were sold to the Town of Parker. By that time, the building was in need of extensive repairs. In 1997 the town explored the idea of leasing it to the Parker Area Historical Society for use as its official home, as well as a small historical museum. However, the town eventually came to the conclusion that the costs to bring the building up to a habitable condition were just too high, and the building was demolished in 2003.
Information for this brief was obtained from A Guide to Historic Sites in the Parker by F. B. McLaughlin, and personal experience with the events.
Updated in January of 2009 by Larry T. Smith.