WILTON \u2014 One of the most iconic buildings in town is on the sale block and some people \u2014 including its current owners \u2014 are worried it might not survive the transaction. The 180-year-old \u201cred-door\u201d stone church at 254 Danbury Road \u2014 originally the home of St. Matthew\u2019s Episcopal Church and over the past 49 years the home of the Wilton Baptist Church \u2014 is up for sale. The Wilton Baptist congregation doesn\u2019t want to sell, but given the dwindling numbers of its flock it\u2019s become financially untenable to maintain ownership. \u201cWe made the decision a number of months ago that we needed to sell the building,\u201d explained Phyllis Boozer, chair of the deacons at Wilton Baptist Church, \u201cbecause financially it was getting to be very difficult for us to keep up \u2026 with utilities and those kind of things, and also pay our staff a wage that was commensurate with living in this area.\u201d While the congregation is hopeful it can keep meeting in town at a new rented location, there is trepidation that the historic building \u2014 once sold \u2014 could be leveled by a new commercial developer. \u201cOur hope is that whoever buys the building would be able to maintain the integrity of the structure and find ways to use it that wouldn\u2019t cause it to be torn down,\u201d Boozer said. This month the group sought unofficial counsel from Allison Sanders, co-chair of the Wilton Historical Society and chair of the Historic District & Historic Properties Commission, to see if there were procedures that might help make that happen. \u201cWe don\u2019t want to do anything that makes it an unattractive selling point,\u201d Boozer said, but they want to explore possibilities. \u201cI just wanted everyone to be aware that a contact had been made,\u201d Sanders told her commission last week for informational purposes. \u201cIf we can be helpful, we certainly will,\u201d she said, \u201cor if you know of any people who are buying fabulous structures and they\u2019re not going to tear them down, please send them over to the church.\u201d She and her fellow commissioners expressed strong appreciation for the historic building, as well as hope it can somehow be preserved. \u201cIt\u2019s very distressing,\u201d said Sanders, who explained to the congregation representatives that by making it a local historic property it would give the structure a large degree of protection. The state registry is also a consideration, and would provide tax credits for the future owner should they do renovation work. \u201cThey took in all this information and are going to be contemplating that as they go along,\u201d Sanders said, \u201cso I do not know if they will decide to move forward with making the property protected.\u201d \u201cThey probably cannot stay in that building past the spring, so they have been quietly shopping the property around for a while,\u201d she said, \u201cbut now have made the decision to actually put a sign out front.\u201d The Rev. Caroline Smith said that, though the church historically hosted 240 people on a Sunday, when she first came to the congregation over three years ago there were just 19 people in attendance. \u201cWe love being in Wilton,\u201d she said, \u201cso we want to continue to be in Wilton, but the property itself is just more than we can afford really to maintain as a small church.\u201d Still, she said, she\u2019s seen firsthand how important the building is to the community. \u201cAnybody you talk to \u2014 not even from Wilton \u2014 you say the church with the red door, they know exactly what church that is,\u201d she said. According to the Historical Resources Inventory prepared by the Wilton Historical Society, the well-preserved church \u201cis an excellent example of the picturesque ecclesiastical structures that were promoted by the Episcopal Church during the second half of the 19th century,\u201d calling it \u201cone of the finest ecclesiastical structures in Wilton.\u201d While the interior \u2014 including the original windows \u2014 were damaged in a 1971 fire, the church was consecrated in 1864 and had additions made in the mid-20th century that included the parish hall, school and offices. Boozer said that there has been some interest expressed by buyers who might potentially keep the building intact, making use of the current space. \u201cWe\u2019ve had several people express interest,\u201d she said, noting that there is no list price. \u201cI would say we\u2019re accepting offers,\u201d she said.