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This historic church has been sold, future use remains unclear

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Yellow, red and blue stained glass windows cast light on the church.
Bobby Tanzilo

On this week's Urban Spelunking, we discuss the next chapter of a historic Milwaukee church — or at least as much as we know right now.

New Holy Ghost Tabernacle Church sold the 1887 building at 140 W. Garfield Ave. to developer Ryan Pattee for $400,000. But what will come next? Pattee says it's too early to say, but plans will not include a demolition.

Second German Methodist was the founding congregation and built the Gothic Revival gem in 1887, after outgrowing its original location at 3rd and Lloyd streets, where it thrived for 22 years. Second German Methodist held services in the new church for more than 100 years until it transitioned to Omega Missionary Baptist Church in 1973 and then New Holy Ghost Tabernacle Church in 1988.

How does this church compare to others that have been repurposed in Milwaukee? Which potential uses is Pattee considering? Listen to this week's episode to find out, and check out Bobby's story at OnMilwaukee to learn more.

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