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Monday, March 16, 2009

RAZING AND RISING

-- RAZING --
TOP PHOTO OF ST CLARE CATHOLIC CHURCH PREPARED FOR RAZING
-- RISING --
BOTTOM PHOTO IS THE NEW ST CLARE CATHOLIC CHURCH BUILT BEHIND THE OLD CHURCH REMNANTS OF RAZED OLD HOME-CHURCH SEEN AS RUBBLE IN THE FOREGROUND

A classic example of how material change occurs. This historic house was once the home of a small congregation of the first Catholic church in Berea, Kentucky. St Clare Catholic Church is located still at 626 Chestnut Street in Berea but now it is a larger and newer church built on the same property. The original home-type church was recently razed due to inefficiency for a growing congregation. The old home church served the community from the early 1950's though recent times. The chapel was in the second story while the church administration was located in the first floor of this late Victorian influenced architectural home.

The internals of the construction of the old home-church display the skill and materials used in the era when this home-church was probably built as a residence about the early 1900s. Fortunately for this tear-down the parishioners were invited to take the old construction materials to be reused elsewhere. So it was taken down in a careful piece-by-piece fashion, by church members, which allowed much of the old church-home pieces to venture to new uses.

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