Save Historic First Lutheran Church Building, Fort Lauderdale Florida

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The historic First Evangelical Lutheran Church on NE Third Avenue in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida is under contract to a developer (TAHO Group) who will tear it down to build high-rise condos*.  This church has an AMAZING story of worldwide significance, that very few people know about.  Originally it was St. Anthony's, the first Roman Catholic Church in Broward County, Florida.  When the church grew too big for it's building, it sold the structure for ONE DOLLAR to the First Lutheran Church, which was meeting in the Women's Club.  St. Anthony's was near the New River on what is now Las Olas Blvd, and it was moved brick by brick down Third Avenue to the property at 441 NE Third Ave, and rebuilt in the 1940's.  What is significant is this amazing generosity shown to Protestants by a Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther, the founder of the Lutheran Church, started the Reformation that separated from the Roman Catholic Church 500 years ago. Yet in early Fort Lauderdale less than a century ago, the local Roman Catholic Church chose to support the fledgling Lutheran Church, truly "Loving Their Neighbors".  Let's get behind a real revival for our community by supporting the efforts to thwart the demolition of this historic building in the heart of Flagler Village, downtown Fort Lauderdale. *due to the success of this community effort, the potential developer is changing his plans.  However, they are for what is referred to as a "Facadectomy", which means they keep the exterior shell to remind people of what once was, and build into the interior.  We find this to be unacceptable and continue to push for Historic Preservation for this Landmark Architecture.  Yes, there are other offers of buyers willing and interested in preserving this Sanctuary.