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Tom Harper, Lawrence, sands wood planks inside a former church at 1146 Connecticut St. Harper purchased the building and is renovating it into a single-family residence. The wood-frame building was first constructed in 1873 (possibly earlier) as the Free Methodist Episcopal Church, and Harper believes the church was lifted to enable the basement to be added in a later decade.

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Born again: Old Lawrence churches converting to new purposes

Several pre-1900 Lawrence churches are finding new life after once-thriving congregations abandoned them. Tenants love the typically light, airy spaces, and architecture buffs love seeing the unique buildings carry on, despite often costly and challenging renovations. Here are five of Lawrence’s oldest churches, reborn. By Sara Shepherd


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