New Orleans Church Dating Back to 1906 to Close

A historic New Orleans church dating back to 1906 to minister to Norwegian sailors and eventually became an important venue for jazz performances is closing.

Local media reports the Scandinavian Jazz Church will end operations by Dec. 31 and the building is under contract to be sold to a new owner by the end of the year. The buyer has not been disclosed.

The facility was founded as a Seamen’s Mission under the patronage of Norway and became known as the Norwegian Seamen’s Church as it ministered to Norwegians traveling through New Orleans.

It’s also been an important performance space for the city’s jazz musicians and a gathering spot for people with ties to other countries in northern Europe.

In 2016 the Norwegian government stopped supporting the church, calling into question its future.

It was taken over by a local board that renamed it and remade it into a jazz and special events venue. But Jan Mikalsen, who heads the board, says it became unsustainable to continue to operate.

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Source: Christian Post