Church that aimed to survive nuclear attack falls to arson

| September 15, 2011

I paid a quick visit Wednesday to the remains of the century-old church at 3115 E. 42nd St., which someone torched Monday. The place was deserted, apart from a couple who were collecting metal scraps. At one corner of the jumble of charred debris, one wall remained, including an old storm door with a green placard from a city inspector warning of a Sept. 19 deadline for fixing code violations of the unsafe boarded building.

Even before it fell into disrepair, the old church wouldn't have made any list of historic landmarks. But any building that was around that long surely has a story to tell. Indeed, the Minnehaha Christian Church – which occupied the building for its first half-century – once thought it was tough enough to survive a nuclear explosion.

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