The Albright Center, a council of Sunbury’s Revitalization Inc., is dedicated to fostering a sense of community within the City of Sunbury and the surrounding area, promoting economic growth and development, providing educational and cultural experiences, and presenting diverse and affordable opportunities to every person in all walks of life.
Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc. is dedicated to the revitalization and renewal of the City of Sunbury and its many multicultural neighborhoods. The former Albright Church is the cornerstone of the neighborhood where it resides, making its transformation into a multi-use, state-of-the-art community center, complete with conference center, classrooms, banquet facilities, performing arts center, and office space, a pivotal piece of revitalizing Sunbury and the surrounding area. The hope for the Albright Center is to provide needs-based solutions to ongoing issues facing the City of Sunbury and services for individuals and groups from all walks of life. In addition, the facility will be a regional draw and economic engine for the entire Susquehanna Valley.
On June 19, 1927, members of the Albright United Methodist Church broke ground on land at the corner of Fifth and Chestnut streets. The copper-domed structure was designed in a Greek Classic Style with Gray Bedford Limestone on the exterior. At a cost of $324,168.06 for construction, the building was dedicated just two short years later on May 29, 1929, and served as a church until 2011 when the Albright United Methodist Church and St. John’s United Methodist Church came together to form Faith United Methodist Church located on the corner of Second and Arch Street.
The Building Reborn
In 2012, the Sunbury Pride and Renaissance Committee (SPARC) of SRI along with members of the SRI Board of Directors, conceived of a project to improve the City of Sunbury and the four counties surrounding it with the creation of a Community Arts Center. They chose the former Albright Church for it’s beauty and location in the historic district of Sunbury. In August of 2014, The new Albright Center’s deed was officially signed and the building was gifted to SRI. A month later, work began on the exterior of the building to solidify it’s integrity. The following year, major construction began on the official first phase of the project – the installation of an elevator for handicap accessibility. With an estimated cost of $6,500,000, a Capital Campaign is set to launch in 2016 with completion scheduled for the fall of 2019.