Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Great Spaces

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.

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  1. I live in the same community I grew up is so I definitely understand the connections thing!

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    1. I get nostalgic, but don't long for the past. There's always new adventures even when I might be a somebody at heart.

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  2. I love when old buildings are saved and repurposed.They just moved a massive church from the south side by us. Its beautiful.

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    1. Will it be used as a church still, or something new?

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  3. It's great to see an older building that was once a centre of the community become the same again. How nice for you to have those memories flood back.

    There are quite a few old churches here fitted with indoor climbing walls, great use of space.

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    1. I can imagine the great spaces in the UK in some old buildings. I must check those out if I am fortunate enough to visit again while healthy enough to still climb.

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