THE hammer is set to fall on the 161-year-old Golden Square Uniting Church.
But what happens when historic churches are up for sale?
With slipping congregation numbers it is becoming increasingly common for a church to be put on the market.
The church in Bendigo is being put up for sale, along with 55 other Uniting Church properties, in a bid to help pay off church debt by December 2014.
As reported in yesterday’s Bendigo Advertiser the Golden Square Uniting Church Council chairman David Wright hopes the new owners will make it available for community use.
“We do hope another church can buy it or it could become a recital centre, or even a Bendigo museum,” he said.
But according to Nekti Tzouroutis, a director at Bendigo Real Estate, there are a variety of different buyers who could be interested.
“It all depends,” he said.
“Sometimes you get developers who buy churches to put apartments in there. Or you might find other religious groups buy them.
“There was a church that went up for sale two years ago and was bought by the Egyptian Orthodox Community.
“But then you might get ones that are converted into homes.”
Agent Craig Tweed from Tweed Sutherland agrees this is becoming more common.
“In my experience churches often get sold to another religious denomination.
“But they are really popular now with people wanting something alternative,” he said.
“They make absolutely stunning conversions.
“I am sure there will be no lack of interest when it goes on the market.
“Any church makes a fantastic inquiry. Traditionally they were built in the best spots and hold pride of place and this is no exception.”
But when it comes to the question of price, agents are reluctant to speculate.
“It is so open ended. It all depends on who you get on the day,” said Mr Tzouroutis.