Hope for vacant Valence Street church

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The deterioration of the circa-1886 Valence Street Baptist Church recently landed the historic building on the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s list of New Orleans Nine Most Endangered Sites. Now, according to a report by the Uptown Messenger, the building has caught the attention of another Baptist congregation, which plans to restore the Stick-style church designed by Thomas Sully and move into the landmark building.

NOLA Baptist Church “entered into an agreement with the building’s owner, the New Orleans Baptist Association, on March 21 to purchase it for a reported $559,000,” the Uptown Messenger wrote. “While the terms of the sale were still being worked out, a third party stepped in to purchase the property and then lease it to NOLA Baptist, the church’s pastor, the Rev. Kyle Jagers said.”

The Louisiana Landmarks Society’s New Orleans Nine list describes the church as a “former neighborhood anchor” which now sits “forlorn and neglected.”