DD2 takes violin in an arts center that used to be a 100+ year old church. About 15 years ago this church and a sister church joined together and formed a super large new one, built a humongous space on the west, new end of town, leaving this great space free. The other church was tore down to make room for senior housing, but all is well-it was rebuilt, using the original materials in smaller scale out at a privately owned pioneer village south of the Twin Cities. I know 100+ is nothing in the scheme of historical architecture, but I am very happy this building was converted when it no longer served its original purpose. The sanctuary is terrific for concerts, and they renovated what used to be the school into private lesson rooms and studios artists can work out of. Things evolve and it is just a building. While I know many of the parishioners think the new church is a monstrosity of modern design and long for the old space, it is nice to know the building may have life for another 100+ years.
I came back to edit as I had another thought. This is where my brother and sister-in-law got married 43 years ago. Besides that little light bulb moment, I just remembered today would have been my mom and dads 69th anniversary. My brother and sister-in-law hosted a pig roast for my parents 40th anniversary, just a few months shy of my wedding, and the same week we placed and had an offer accepted on our first house, four blocks west of my brothers. There was a steady stream of wanderers taking a walk to check out the tiny pink house. When you live within the same community you grow up, connections are sparked everywhere and memories flood back.