The original building burnt in 1985, leaving the stone shell standing. The congregation considered just selling the downtown lot and relocating to a more suburban site. However, with a reasonable pot of insurance money, the shell was preserved and a more modern interior built. The adjacent house had been purchased prior to the fire, for RE and similar use, but was free standing. During the renovation, the two structures were united and some new rooms added on the back of the house lot.
This shot shows several important details. The window is one of the set of modern stained glass designs commissioned for the renovation. The opening is where the entrance from Fourth Street used to be. The flaming chalice, with the lick of a flame just visible, is a central symbolic element of Unitarian Universalists. The silhouetted figure is Dawn Cooley, the minister, a relatively young, high energy, woman serving an inner city, older, congregation that wants to be a liberal voice in a relatively liberal city in a very conservative state!