Calvary Lutheran Church (7002 23rd Ave NW) is being torn down to make way for new homes. The church has had a long and varied history in Ballard, built by the Icelandic community and once known as Hallgrim’s Congregation. It was up for sale a few years ago after the congregation merged with Our Redeemers Luthern. The church then almost served as a SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort) shelter for a short time, until a complication over sex-offender screening. It has also been used as a soup kitchen for the Ballard Food Bank occasionally over the years.
My Ballard reader Bill Bryant sent us this photo, who says he saw the church being dismantled on Thursday afternoon. He says a lot of the wood is being salvaged, and that there was a big crowd of people watching the process.