LEWISTON — The Agora Grand Events Center at the former St. Patrick’s Church in Lewiston is beginning to take shape. According to lead carpenter Ryan Rhoades, the plan is to begin hosting events at the center before the end of the year.
Many of the existing components of the church will be repurposed and updated or new fixtures installed. Most of the stained-glass windows have been removed, and the protective glass has been left in place. The plan is to run rope lighting in the windows and frost the remaining protective glass. The lights will change colors and pulse to music playing in the DJ station inside the former pulpit. A state-of-the-art sound system will fill the center with music or project speakers’ voices at events.
Amenities will include a changing room and VIP lounge, which is being built in the balcony overlooking the center, where the choir once sang. Off to the side, at the base of one of the towers, will be a private bedroom, where couples being married in the center may choose to stay. Wedding ceremonies will be held in the small chapel, that aside from fresh paint, fixtures and flooring, looks like it did when it was part of a church.
Hundreds of intricate parts from the large pipe organ that has been dismantled will be reused in the main bar and other areas throughout the center.
Once complete, the space will be available for private parties, weddings, corporate retreats, symposiums, concerts and performances.