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Ladner throwback: An historic church restored

One of the oldest buildings in Ladner now home to the Delta Optimist
ladner baptist church, art by michael duncan
Ladner Baptist Church as it looked early last century.

Here’s a nice piece of artwork by Michael Duncan depicting Ladner Baptist Church at the corner of 47A Avenue and Delta Street.

It's been home to the Delta Optimist since 2015.

The 1902 building received recognition from Heritage B.C. after an extensive restoration brought it back to its former glory.

The church was constructed with the help of community volunteers, 20 years before the Dunning family settled in Ladner to start the Optimist newspaper.

It was home to the church for several decades before the congregation moved to a new location on Ladner Trunk Road.

The building also housed a day care centre for several years as well as other uses.

It had fallen into disrepair when developer Steve Knoblauch stepped in to save it in 2011.

The spire, which was added to the original building in around 1910, was leaning and the building had begun to sink.

Knoblauch and his construction company, RAM Construction, installed a new concrete foundation, righted the spire and moved the entire structure six feet closer to the 47A Avenue.

While the interior of the building has been somewhat modified to accommodate a busy newspaper office, many heritage features have been maintained, including the hardwood flooring and stained glass.