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Matt Hislope of Austin, left, and Josh Meyer of Los Angeles, pictured in this 2013 file photo, are the current residents of the renovated church at 1000 New York St. Their year-long pop-up artist colony, which they call the Pilot Balloon Church-House, has attracted visiting artists from across the country.

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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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