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On the corner of Silver & Yale in University Heights, this old brick building reminds me of a country church in England.
I love brick too and missed it quite a bit when living in CA. Guess you only need one earthquake before you build in another medium. Like foam! I
Also, the side entrance of this church was using in Breaking Bad. They'd have their 12 step programs here.
in real life, there are 3 or 4 AA and NA type meetings at the church. I think those might be some of the only community use it gets. I wonder if it still has an actual congregation as the lot doesn't seem to fill up on sundays--any fixers attend or know?
Hi Hettie, I did a little on line research before I post the pic. Nothing came up in terms of congregations, only the meetings. It would make a great childcare center.
I hadn't thought of its potential as a daycare, but I think you're right--that'd be a great use, especially as it's just south of unm and could serve a lot of families where parents attend/work at the university. there was a proposal to turn the gilchrist house (silver and cornell, now torn down) into a daycare and one of the main objections was the traffic issue. but I think the church location would ameliorate a lot of those concerns. it's sad that such a lovely building in a really active/vibrant neighborhood seems so underused.
It always seemed like the perfect corner for a childcare center- great parking and room for a play area/garden. I'm already designing it in my head! I remember when they floated the idea of such for the Gilchrist house but that didn't seem feasible. I also think there is another brick building/house behind this church too that seems associated with it. Great corner...
Dee, I think that is the old sanctuary at First United Methodist Church -- "First Church" is what we called it growing up there in the 70s. The old sanctuary was where they had potlucks and other activities. The site has often offered daycare, including some of the best offered by wonderful people. There's a wonderful history online written by the Rev. Ira Williams, who was the minister there for many years. Thanks for your photos!
I think first united is downtown. this is university heights united, which is in the student ghetto.
Oh, hettie, of course. Sorry, factually deficient tonight.
Were the two churches associated with each other? Sounds like the downtown one had a vibrant past. D
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