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Monday, January 02, 2006

Historic Portland Church Closes

The Chestnut Street United Methodist Church in Portland has closed due to dwindling membership. Condominiums will be built in the parking lot, but placement of the church on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 will ensure its preservation in some form.
The details that made the church so magnificent - the towering wooden arches, stained glass windows and an organ that dates to the 1830s - ultimately turned it into a burden.

"We just couldn't afford it anymore," said James Young, referring to the maintenance and heating bills for the church, built in 1812 and remodeled in the 1850s. [Link]
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