Sunday, April 30, 2006

And the church came a-tumbling down

There's nothing like watching a big machine tear apart a building.

Finally, after about five years of the original wing of my church being condemned (it's still funny to say that my church was condemned!), it was torn down on Friday. I left for work early to watch some of the demolition.

I watched with mixed emotions. All four of my grandparents went there and my parents grew up going there. The part of the building they tore down used to be the sanctuary, but they have long since built a newer wing and turned the old part into a hall. I went to Sunday School in the basement there, and spent many Sunday afternoons running around on the stage in Fellowship Hall waiting for dad to finish up an elders meeting. I remember going to Pioneer Girls a few times while my mom was a leader, and having big family reunions there... I remember my great aunt and her crew bringing trays and trays of those little triangle snadwiches out of the teensie tiny kitchen off in the corner. Ha! I even remember the slightly musty smell the building had in its later years.

On the other hand, I'm so excited for what's to come. There's gonig to be a new wing built there with a much mroe welcoming and open feel, and a waaaay better use of the space. It's going to be great!

Here are a few of the pictures I took before, during, and after...

The old Tabernacle/Fellowship Hall

I love the beams of light and how you can see all three levels of the building - sunday school rooms below, old sanctuary/hall, and the balcony above.

I would think that this would be a really fun job!

It's gone!


SlushTurtle said...

I'd love to be the person that gets to blow the big buildings up. I'm thinking that job would rock.

Jean said...

Glad you still have the memories of the building and you'll have new memories of the new part that'll be built. :)

ozymandiaz said...

A building is like a body. It is but a shell. We remember the look but also the feeling. And that second part comes due to the soul(s) inside.
But yea, that would be awsome to have a job just destroying stuff.

Fat Pants said...

A few years ago they tore down the grammer school I went too asa a child. I did save some bricks.