LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A building with a storied past in the oldest neighborhood in Lafayette received some much deserved attention today.
Owners of the Sacred Grounds coffee shop on Wabash Avenue were awarded with a historical preservation award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The building was purchased by the Harvest Chapel Church in 2000. The church was in need of a building.
The former strip club was on the market and was a perfect fit for the church.
Co-Owner April O'Brien said the building was in rough shape... but the church along with other members from churches around the community came together and now Sacred Grounds is a beacon in the Wabash Avenue community. "It is a beautiful building and it is a great representation of what Christ does in our life. He takes something that was once a place of darkness and turns it into something beautiful," said O'Brien.
She hopes that projects like the coffee shop and much of the new art will encourage people to visit one of Lafayette's great old neighborhoods. "I'm just excited to the see the growth of what's going on down on Wabash Avenue. It has been through much prayer. We have been praying for that neighborhood for almost 20 years. We are starting to see the fruit of what the Lord’s doing down there," said O'Brien.