Nov
17

Holy Condos….Former Church Converted To Homes

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November 17, 2008

By Robert Behre – The Post and Courier

Normally, the conversion of a historic church into a dozen condo units wouldn’t be something to celebrate, but the new housing at 2 Francis St. serves as an exception to that rule.

The Hampton Park Baptist Church was built in 1915 at 981 King St., and thrived in its early years, ultimately expanding when a larger 6,700-square-foot church was erected next door at 2 Francis St.

That expansion came in 1942 and in June 1949, the church unveiled an even more ambitious plans to tear down its original building and build two new additions to create a U-shaped campus opening on Francis Street.

This never came to pass.

Only four months later, the church’s minister had a member arrested during a service when he tried to make an announcement.

The Rev. W.O. Kersey later told The Evening Post, “I wish I could erase from my memory the disgraceful scene of last Sunday evening, when faction members broke up the observance of the Lord’s Supper. I know the Lord is not pleased with that.”

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