Sanctuaries becoming prime commercial real estate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis feels like an enormous place these days.
Built by a fast-growing congregation of Swedish immigrants in 1882 to hold up to 800 worshipers, the stone building at 701 11th Ave. S. now rarely hosts more than 60 people on Sunday mornings. Like many downtown churches, Augustana has steadily lost congregants in the past 50 years.
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