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You might not think a town the size of LaPorte has a skyline, but it does. The next time you drive in from East Lincolnway, take note of the buildings you see. The courthouse is the most prominent — but another, equally as visible, was the steeple of St. Paul United Church of Christ.
As of Thursday afternoon, May 2, 2013, that steeple was gone.
It stood just in front of IU LaPorte Hospital in the heart of downtown LaPorte. The rest of the extraordinarily tall church structure is scheduled to be demolished soon. Many items within the church were recently auctioned off and the stained glass windows were removed and purchased.
Perhaps to the surprise of many, the hospital has not purchased the church property. Rumor has it that the site is desirable for a coffee shop or similar retail business.
While the community waits to see what develops, here are some photos provided to WNLP by community members. We thank them all for preserving local history and evolution.