Friday, February 15, 2008

Little White Church

Took this on my walk the other morning just as the sun was poking through the fog a bit and warming up the whiteness. This little building, Oaks Pioneer Church, is owned by S.M.I.L.E., the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League. It sits near the end of Tacoma Street a few hundred yards from the Willamette River in a lovely, park-like setting.

The church was built in 1851 in Milwaukie, OR, a few miles south of here. However, when it fell into disuse and disrepair in the 1960s and was scheduled for demolition, SMILE bought it and had it barged to its current site. The neighborhood associaton restored it and rents it for weddings or funerals.

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