In the late 1990s, the historic Central Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, faced a common problem: a growing congregation and need for more space. Like many historic churches, Central Presbyterian is located in a downtown area, landlocked with no available real estate to expand. So, the church began to look around the neighborhood for a suitable property to purchase.
Across the street from the church is the Cooper House, one of the oldest homes in the Twickenham Historical District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1973. The Cooper House, one of the very few antebellum structures of frame construction to survive the Civil War, suited the Central Presbyterian Church’s need for expanded parking, office space and storage, but needed extensive renovations, all of which would require approval of the Huntsville/Madison County Historical Society.