SpringHouse Ministry Center opens

Community, Featured — By on February 7, 2012 1:30 pm

The Salem English Lutheran Church at 28th Street and Garfield Avenue South in Lyn-Lake has been transformed into the SpringHouse Ministry Center. The center consists of three worship halls, a large common gather room, a kitchen, shared office space, a large shared youth wing, and numerous meeting rooms that three congregations now share. First Christian, Salem English Lutheran, and Lyndale United Church of Christ combined forces to creatively share one building while still maintaining their identities and positioning their organizations to focus on their core mission rather than trying to maintain aging buildings.

SpringHouse transformed the existing Salem church by demolishing a 1950s wing and selling that land along with a parking lot to Brighton Development who built affordable housing on the corner of Lyndale Avenue and 28th Street called The Greenleaf. SpringHouse then was able to renovate their building by splitting the large worship hall into two worship halls with a common space in the middle, along with renovating the garden level to create a well-lit worship hall, meeting room area, and youth wing.

In my opinion, the space was well designed and constructed well. The shared youth wing has a large community room with rooms coming off of it for art, drama, and more. According to one congregant, sound management was taken into great consideration during the design and the groups can not hear each other while in the various worship halls.

Interestingly, the three groups plan to rotate through the different worship halls.

Here are a few photos:

Exterior of SpringHouse Ministry Center

The completely renovated SpringHouse Ministry Center at 28th Street and Garfield Avenue

SpringHouse common space

The common space between worship halls on the main level features lots of stained glass from the original worship hall.

SpringHouse - south worship hall

The South Worship Hall is the most traditional of the worship halls.

SpringHouse - North Worship Hall

The North Worship Hall is more contempory but features high ceilings and a three-dimensional cross that slowly rotates overhead.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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