Following catastrophic fire, Westport Presbyterian Church reopens as a mix of old and new

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Westport Presbyterian Church is opening back up to the public this weekend, nearly five years after fire destroyed it. The rebuilt building is a mix of old and new.

The outside stone facade is still visible and the church's old intricate stain glass windows continue to adorn the sanctuary. A majority of the rest of the building, however, is new, contemporary, and welcoming for generations to come.

The architect who designed this new space says this project was one of his most difficult.

"We were here the night of the fire and it's not very often that you get to work on a project that has so much personal connection. There’s a lot of extra challenge to get it right," said Erik Heitman, from BNIM Architects.

The goal of the Westport Presbyterian Church is to help those inside and outside the congregation. The pastor says-he's excited for new life to fill the walls of this new building.

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