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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

InSPIREd Sunday - Hobbs Chapel Rescued

Still in Anchorage, an old tree-lined city just outside Louisville, for InSPIREd Sunday.  This newly renovated home that you see in first photo is the former Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church established in 1884 on one of Anchorage's main thoroughfares.  The current edifice was built in 1921 and eventually closed as a church and fell into disrepair as you can see in the photos below taken in 2004.

In 2008 the property and building was sold to an  individual who has converted the church into a private home.  If you compare the most recent photos with earlier ones you can see that the the original architectural details--roof line, windows, door-has been maintained.  The new additions to the sides, as well as the landscaping, complements the original structure.  I read that this same attention was paid to the inside, keeping the living space on both levels open like a sanctuary.

Here are a few more closeups of the renovation:

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Left to right - closeup of the "church" with additional buildings--right four seasons living space and left connected by a covered walkway; closeup of gothic bell tower; front door with new glass, but still maintaining the original arch

Linking to InSPIREd Sunday , a new meme celebrating places of worship and their unique architecture and history.  Thanks to Sally and Beth for hosting.



Bruce Clark said...

Wonderful looking church. I love all the trees and shrubs surrounding it.

TexWisGirl said...

i think it is cool when folks convert churches to homes and keep a lot of the details, but i don't know if i could ever live in one. :)

Jan n Jer said...

How special...glad this church was saved and has become a home for someone...I would love to tour the inside and see what they have done to it!

George said...

It's wonderful to see that this building has been given a new lease on life. It really looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

WoW! What a place to live! =)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that is too cool!! glad you shared with us ... that is awesome. folks are so creative. ( :