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Vinland Presbyterian Church

697 East 1725 Road, Baldwin City, , 66006 Property Website Dated Posted: June 13, 2017


Circa 1879

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After 16 years of careful restoration to the standards of the Secretary of the Interior, the 138-year-old Vinland Presbyterian Church is now available for the next steward to preserve, maintain and love.
Located in the picturesque Vinland Valley just 60 miles outside Kansas City, the church is one of four National Register of Historic Places properties in a charming small Kansas farm village of about a dozen homes and historic buildings that remains largely unchanged since its heyday in the early 1900s.
The church has an attached, two-story residential addition of 1,350 square feet that is open and airy with modern conveniences, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The spacious original sanctuary is unfinished with exposed rafters and is ready to be adapted as an inspirational workspace by an artist or craftsman. Vinland is a short 20-minute drive from Lawrence, Kansas, home to The University of Kansas and a thriving arts community.
The church was built in 1879 by farmers who first settled Vinland in the late 1850s just as the area was becoming a hotbed of border warfare leading up to the Civil War. Its ministers included Dr. James Naismith from the University of Kansas just nine miles away. The congregation disbanded in the 1950s and the church was used as farm storage until the late 1970s when a builder converted the one-story Sunday School class addition to a modern and stylish two-story residence.
A group of 17 preservation-minded neighbors formed Vinland Preservation LLC in 2001 to save the historic property from possible demolition. They leveraged more than $120,000 in state and county preservation grants to stabilize a sagging, rotting and sadly neglected building with a solid foundation, rebuilt steeple, replicas of the original stained glass windows, and completely restored walls, gutters, windows and entry doors.
Interested parties making offers on the property are asked to write a cover letter communicating their intended plan for usage of the property. Offers will be reviewed by members of the Vinland Preservation LLC on June 26, 2017.

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