We visited Eastern Canada over the past several years and we noticed the number of historic churches that had been converted to secular uses. Another preservation option is to move the structure to a community that needs it. All Saint’s Church was put up for sale with hopes that it would continue to serve as a worship space in a new location. A pastor in Abita Springs, Louisiana found the church offer online and plans were made for the move.
Preservationists frown on the removal of a landmark from its context. However, the congregation’s other options were few, and they were justifiably concerned their building would face decay and eventual demolition. Three years later, reassembled timber by timber, the old church is now the new sanctuary for a growing congregation, Louisiana Church. An Anglican place of worship continues its life as a Southern Baptist place of worship.
Louisiana Church, 22380 Main St, Abita Springs, LA 70420