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25 years ago: Second-oldest church in Lawrence threatened with demolition

May 25, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 25, 1988:

  • The second-oldest church building in downtown Lawrence was in danger of demolition. Allen Realty Inc., which owned the property at 1040 New Hampshire, had applied May 18 for a city permit to raze the vacant stone church there, along with a neighboring wood-frame house (1046 N.H.), in order to make room for a planned new development. Local preservationists were calling it a "sad development," saying that the 117-year-old church was an important part of the historic character of downtown Lawrence. The building had been dedicated in December, 1870, as the first home of the English Lutheran Church, which later became the Trinity Lutheran Church, and the congregation had used the church until about 1927. The building's most recent occupant had been the Lawrence Baptist Temple, which had moved to 23rd Street and Anderson Road earlier in 1988. The New Hampshire Street church was the second-oldest church building in Lawrence, with the Plymouth Congregational Church having been dedicated in May of 1870.
  • The Kroger Co. announced this morning that it would close its Lawrence store on June 4. The closing would put about 50 people out of work, said Wynne Dillon, co-manager at the store at 23rd Street and Naismith Drive. "It has not been a successful operation," Dillon said, noting that the Lawrence grocery market had become increasingly competitive. Kroger was the third business this month to announce plans for closing a Lawrence operation. The All Star Dairy plant was scheduled to shut down on June 10, and the Litwin's store was to close next Wednesday.
  • Movies available for viewing in Lawrence theaters this weekend included "Willow," "Rambo III," "Crocodile Dundee II," "Colors," "The Milagro Beanfield War," "My Best Friend is a Vampire," "Empire of the Sun," and "Beetlejuice."

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