Awards of Excellence:
Little Stranger Christian Church

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Built: 1868 | Year Saved: 2021
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (2015)
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The adaptation of the church to meet the community’s needs over time is a markedly unique component of its history, and evidence of its importance to rural residents.  The church remained an active meeting spot throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s until interest and resources for maintenance dwindled.  In the mid 2010s, interest in restoring the church gained momentum.  Staying true to history, the community has been working together to restore and re-open the church once again.

In addition to the church’s notable sociological history, its architecture is also of historic significance.  It is a good local example of an early vernacular wood building, featuring a front-facing gable roof and a symmetrical appearance.  It was constructed by the original congregation using local labor and materials.  Its prominent visibility on the corner of a well-traveled county highway continues to bring Kansas history alive to the public.

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