Russian Hill Church To Be Reincarnated As Center For Thought Leadership

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which has stood at 906 Broadway since 1912, is set to become a "meeting place and event venue for international thought leaders," as the Chronicle reports today.

The building was sold for $7 million back in January, and the new owners, a group of Russian investors, have lofty goals for the space. Pavel Cherkashin told the Chron that the group intends for the space to serve as a forum for the international community to gather around science, technology, art and philosophy, and plans may include educational opportunities for the general public.

The church, which was designed to serve Spanish-speaking immigrants and anchored a "Latin Quarter" of town that preceded the Mission as the city's Latino neighborhood, ceased operations in 1991, and the building was occupied by St. Mary's School until 2011.

Before changing hands this year, it was purchased by investors for $2.5 million in 2013, and some feared that the building might be demolished for new housing. But Cherkashin says that the building's beautiful architecture was part of the attraction, so neighbors shouldn't expect to see major changes with the building's new incarnation.

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Russian hill church to be reincarnated as center for thought leadership