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Unitarian Church

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Questions about the future of the former Unitarian Church in Keokuk were settled Wednesday morning when the operator of a large, yellow backhoe started crunching the building's brick exterior with a giant metal claw. The city said a clean demolition was the most feasible option, compared to trying to salvage aspects of the more than 125-year-old structure.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The city of Keokuk said Wednesday afternoon that the demolition of the former Unitarian Church would get underway as soon as the firm hired to tear down the building is ready. This comes roughly 48 hours after a judge dissolved the temporary injunction blocking the demolition of the vacant, run-down church at the corner of 4th and High Streets.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

District Court Judge John Wright has granted a temporary injunction against the city of Keokuk, prohibiting it from demolishing the former Unitarian Church at the corner of 4th and High Streets. No further hearings have been scheduled at this time regarding the temporary injunction.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Crews have been working at the former Unitarian Church at the corner of 4th and High Streets in Keokuk. City Administrator Aaron Burnett said they are not tearing down the vacant building.  Instead, they are removing asbestos from it.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The future of the former Unitarian Church in Keokuk has been a topic of conversation amongst the city council for years. The time for talk came to an end Thursday night.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The future of the former Unitarian Church in Keokuk has been a topic of conversation for years. Will it be demolished or restored to its previous glory? A judge ruled Tuesday afternoon that whatever the future holds, a decision must be made soon given the condition of the building at 428 N. 4th St.