On the corner of Silver & Yale in University Heights, this old brick building reminds me of a country church in England. 

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Comment by Dee Cohen on April 29, 2012 at 3:52pm

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

Comment by Dee Cohen on April 29, 2012 at 4:04pm

Also, the side entrance of this church was using in Breaking Bad. They'd have their 12 step programs here.

Comment by hettie on April 29, 2012 at 9:40pm

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?

Comment by Dee Cohen on April 30, 2012 at 5:13am

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.

Comment by hettie on April 30, 2012 at 12:15pm

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.

Comment by Dee Cohen on April 30, 2012 at 1:50pm

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...

Comment by Zuzu Petals on April 30, 2012 at 7:54pm

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!

Comment by hettie on April 30, 2012 at 8:38pm

I think first united is downtown. this is university heights united, which is in the student ghetto.

Comment by Zuzu Petals on April 30, 2012 at 9:38pm

Oh, hettie, of course. Sorry, factually deficient tonight. 

Comment by Dee Cohen on May 1, 2012 at 5:21am

 Were the two churches associated with each other? Sounds like the downtown one had a vibrant past. D

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