Throughout the following half-century a host of congregations rose and fell at the site where Xhurch now resides. Mostly small churches comprised of African American churchgoers. In 1980, the building was purchased by a sole proprietor who had no interest in church-planting, but just so happened upon the opportunity to buy the building. He continued to rent to small congregations for about thirty years until there came a point where frequent turnover became tiresome and the building began its term as a storage facility.
“...Man has no dearer right than the privilege of worshiping God in his own way.” - Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1952
Shortly thereafter (in 2010) Xhurch was born. Xhurch started as a workspace and gathering spot for friends, artists, and collaborators, and soon blossomed into a unique venue for performance, art-making, and experiments in adaptive living. Since its inception the space has hosted a growing number of resident artists, musicians, and creative practitioners hailing from Portland Maine to Paris France, including many other passers through, while continuing to host regular art and music happenings, lectures, and more.