December 18, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

New York YIMBY sends out regular updates on current real estate activities in the New York area. Quite frequently the news concerns a church or temple, often under consideration for historic landmark status. Sadly, many also are being considered for demolition. This past week, a new project was announced for a property in Queens. The listingincluded a photo of the existing property, which happens to be a church, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. The listing also includes this short sentence: “Permits were filed to raze the structure in August.”

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Google Earth image of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

I wish I could say more about Redeemer, its history, or its congregation. But there is precious little about the church on-line. The Google photos are dated from 2014. They show a modest church. The sign in front includes a welcome and notes the name of the pastor. A separate sign indicates a Korean group uses the same facility. One can assume that the Redeemer hasn’t moved. If it had moved, there certainly would be more information about the new location, dedication, or transition from one site to another. This listing, with no further explanation, was also a eulogy for a church that died.

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Google Maps image of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 65th Ave and Parsons Blvd. intersection.

From the many churches I’ve followed with this blog, I know there is a significant story that goes with Redeemer’s closing. Someone, perhaps the local synod, decided to sell the property and shut down the ministry. Were other options, a merger or renewal considered? The images show a well-tended structure, so did someone consider an adaptive re-use program? Perhaps changing demographics in the surrounding area shifted too rapidly for the church. Maybe financial issues, or other challenges proved too great for the congregation’s leadership.

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Google Maps image of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 65th Ave Elevations.

I can only hope that someone, or some entity will keep the story of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. At least there are these last images to continue the church’s memory.

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Google Maps image of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Parsons Blvd. Elevation.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer used to be located at 157-16 65th Avenue, on the corner of Parsons Boulevard in Pomonok, Queens, New York City

Worship Space/ Church Demolition