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Cupola from demolished portion of Eagle Village lives on

Pastor Ronnie Ford poses at Eagle Village in front of the cupola that is now mounted atop his Stafford County church. Click for a larger image.

A cupola from the portion of Eagle Village that is being demolished for a Hyatt Place hotel has a new home atop a Stafford County church.

The University of Mary Washington Foundation last week donated the cupola to the Charity Church of God on Sanford Drive off U.S. 17 after church leaders expressed an interest in mounting it atop its main sanctuary like a steeple.

The church’s pastor, Ronnie Ford, and his wife, Phyllis, recently noticed the cupola and, knowing the structure was going to be demolished, asked the UMW Foundation if they could have it for their church. The foundation agreed, and the cupola is now mounted atop the church.

The cupola was on the section of Eagle Village that was between the Giant grocery store and the main road running through the mixed-use complex off U.S. 1 across from UMW’s Fredericksburg campus. That section is being demolished to make way for a 93-room Hyatt Place that is expected to open next fall.

The foundation plans to recycle much of the debris from the demolition project, including most of the steel, metal and concrete.

Here are before-and-after shots of the church.



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