This old boarded up building is located on Broadway & Gold.

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Comment by Monica on January 3, 2013 at 8:31am

this is one of those buildings downtown that I wish they would preserve and turn into something cool

Comment by Dee Cohen on January 3, 2013 at 10:40am

I agree. And I couldn't find any information on it. A Church? A school? It's near the Food Storehouse- owned by them? D

Comment by Phil_0 on January 3, 2013 at 11:15am

It was a church, I believe, and I'm pretty sure it's owned by the Storehouse. It's been vacant forever. DCF member brendisimo did a cool blog post years ago about a potential repurposing of this building...there is more info about the building in the comments.

http://www.dukecityfix.com/profiles/blogs/1233957:BlogPost:60978

Comment by Dee Cohen on January 3, 2013 at 12:58pm

Thanks for the link Phil. Seems to me that low income rooming house for needy families wold make more sense than an art building. Nothing wrong with art but we do have a lot of it in ABQ. Also a lot of poverty. My thoughts, Dee

Comment by once banned twice shy on January 3, 2013 at 2:47pm

It isn't abandoned, it is owned by the Storehouse and they use it for excess storage. They recently repaired the windows in the front. It apparently has asbestos issues, which is why it hasn't been purchased by someone else and re-purposed. There is also a not-insignificant parking issue--you should see that parking lot and the streets around it in the mornings when people come to get their distributions from the Storehouse.

Comment by Phil_0 on January 7, 2013 at 3:36pm

I happened to be reading a "welcome to Albuquerque" pamphlet from 1940 today and according to the section on churches, at that time this was the First Christian Church, Rev. E.R. Tolin, Pastor. No clue what denomination that was, or anything else about the the congregation or its pastor.

Comment by Phil_0 on January 7, 2013 at 3:41pm

Looks like the church moved to the heights in the late 1960s and is still around. Hooray for the internet!

Comment by Dee Cohen on January 8, 2013 at 7:55am

Thanks for the great info Phil.

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