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Nonprofit rescues and repurposes a Terre Haute landmark
The Next Step Foundation bought the historic Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute after the 122-year-old structure had declined under several years of deferred maintenance. The condition didn’t stop the faith-based nonprofit group, which made immediate repairs to repurpose the church as a coffee house, concert venue and Sunday-morning church. Now the group will address the building’s long-term needs, assisted by a $2,500 grant from Indiana Landmarks Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants Fund for an analysis of the structure.
Constructed in 1892, the Romanesque Revival building commands a corner of one of the main intersections in the Farrington’s Grove Historic District, a residential neighborhood immediately south of downtown Terre Haute. The building and its location provides the Next Step Foundation a unique opportunity to fulfill its mission to provide housing and programs to people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Run by residents of the group’s recovery homes, the Meeting Grounds coffee house occupies the beautiful sanctuary of the former church. With original stained-glass windows and organ pipes backing the coffee bar, the Meeting Grounds provides a venue for group meetings, classes, small concerts, studying, and socializing for the group’s residents and neighborhood visitors.
Once the structural and conditions assessment is complete, the Next Step Foundation plans to add a commercial kitchen and café.
For information about the Next Step Foundation and its Meeting House coffee shop, visit http://www.nextsteptoday.org. To learn more about Indiana Landmarks’ Efroymson Family Endangered Places Grants Fund, contact the Western Regional Office at 812-232-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.