Following a devastating fire that destroyed all but the historic Church’s masonry walls and tower, architectural and archeological research was undertaken for documentation and rebuilding of the Sanctuary. This information was used for the reconstruction of the church sympathetic to the 1820 period which had been designed by William Strickland. Home to the oldest continuously active Episcopal Congregation in the United States, Immanuel Church was constructed in 1703. The New Castle, Delaware Church has previously evolved through a series of additions and alterations, by such eminent architects as Strickland, John Notman, and Stephen Button.