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New life for two Nova Scotia churches & a circa 1750 barn
From St. Mark's Evangelical to St. Mark's Place
From Hadleyville, near Cape Breton to Nova Scotia's South Shore

riverside church restoration

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St. Mark's Place
From 1887, St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church has stood sentinel along the shores of the beautiful LaHave River. The cornerstone was laid July 14, 1901. The church was built and furnished for $5,300 and dedicated January 19, 1902. The last service was held October 2, 2005.

After four years sitting vacant, with more deterioration during this time, the building was purchased by an Audio Visual archivist, passionate about preserving cultural heritage.


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church moved & rebuilt

Church heads down the road to become a house-by-the-sea
It took about a month for this church near Cape Breton to be taken apart. All the beams were numbered, then the parts and pieces were transported down to the South Shore - all fitting in one truckload.

Next on the job was Warren McAuley. "We had everything temporarily braced when there was a terrible wind storm," he recalls. "If it wasn't for the scaffolding inside, the whole thing would have collapsed."


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From circa 1750 barn to busy real estate office
"The work was painstaking," recalls Warren of the six-month-long project. "We brought the old barn back from the dead - it was at the tear-down stage. I don't want to tear anything down until it's ready. If it can be brought back, let's do it."


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house becomes a restaurant

House becomes a restaurant
This eight-month project started with the total gutting of a two-storey house, before turning it into an apartment and restaurant. The build included an addition which houses the commercial kitchen.

The main level has a 40-seat restaurant, bar, outdoor dining deck, and kitchen. The basement level houses an approved satellite kitchen and dry goods area. The comfortable two bedroom owners' residence is on the upper level, with a rear upper level deck.

swing restoration

Warren's little helper

Warren's eight-year-old grandson Noah loves to help his Papa!
Here they are busy restoring a swing set. Warren's father Norman was a carpenter too.

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