Mr. Anhalt had never designed a church, but had seen pictures of many English country churches while researching ideas for his beautiful apartments and incorporated these in the design. As it turned out, Mr Anhalt eventually offered to build the church himself in one year for the $18,000 they had on hand, doing most of the work with volunteer church labor, and fundraising as he went. WilliamWhitely, his friend and colleague, assisted him with the specifications and only charged for the drafting. Since we wanted to keep the costs down, we decided to use only readily available materials, with cedar and sandstone being our first choice:
Wilkinson Sandstone and Quarry gave us a special price because we were building a church.
Matheny and Bacon gave the beams and heavy timbers at half price, with knotty cedar paneling for ceiling. The cedar came directly from the loggers in Aberdeen in big planks to be sawed into tapered siding.
Colonial Shake agreed to let us use their sawing equipment on Saturday as long as they furnished one man to run the machines and we supplied the helper. In two Saturdays we sawed all the siding, only paying the wages of the operator.
Pioneer Sand and Gravel and other concrete companies – loads of concrete.
Sodergren’s Cabinet Shop University Way stored Anhalt’s ash lumber and agreed to prepare the finish material if someone would help him. He did the trim for the inside and with Anhalt’s help, constructed the pulpit, lectern, and altar rail, charging only labor.
Nysen Glass Roosevelt Way did windows for Anhalt’s apartments and billed the church at half price.