By Brian Pedersen, November 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Buildings that have a special purpose, such as for a church, synagogue or outdated factory, often present distinctive opportunities for a creative reuse of the property.

With the decline of organized religion, congregations sometimes shut their doors or collaborate to share space with other groups to stay in place. And with the industrial decline seen in pockets in the region, many big factories and mills sat abandoned or underused for years…

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