Zephyr puts historic lodge up for sale
Declining church membership, especially with young families with children to go to camp, and difficulty maintaining the historic Zephyr Lodge at the Christian Conference Center on Liberty Lake led the board for Zephyr to put the camp up for sale as it enters its last camping season, said John Loucks, board moderator.
Zephyr Lodge was built in 1910 on Liberty Lake as a supper club and dance hall. After World War II, a men’s group affiliated with the Christian Church Disciples of Christ bought the 100-acre property, and transferred it to the Northwest Region of the Christian Church.
Over the years, John said, they sold some land, so it’s now on 52 acres with a half-mile of shoreline. In addition to the lodge, there are several cabins and a dormitory.
“It’s a beautiful facility with charm, but the plumbing, electricity and the structure are dated and need more maintenance than our churches can provide,” John said.
In a survey last October, 186 respondents said either to bring the property up to standards for camping or to sell it. The 14 churches that own it met April 27 and decided to sell it.
“We will put funds into our national Christian Church Foundation and use it for camp scholarships for children to go to other area camps, and for scholarships to Whitworth, Gonzaga or seminaries,” he said.
Zephyr’s board, however, does not want to sell to someone who would build lavish homes, but to someone who will maintain it as an historic site.
Zephyr is frequently used for weddings, reunions, conferences and retreats, which help pay the bills. Activities for summer and fall will continue until it is sold.
For information, call 360-929-4056.
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