Modernist Landmark Church Demolished

February 11, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

A Canadian settlement north of Quebec City has given up its landmark modern church. But the old building didn’t come down easily. According to a local news station, several cables snapped and crews spent several days trying to bring the massive concrete building down.   Photograph from Le Journal de Quebec, ROGER GAGNON The Notre-Dame-de-Fatima Church dates from 1962 - 1963. It was designed by ... Read More

Mid-Century Modern / Church Demolition

Islamic Center in Texas Burns

January 29, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

Sometime in the early hours Saturday morning, a fire started in the only mosque in Victoria, Texas. A clerk from a nearby convenience store noticed the flames and called the fire department. By the time they arrived, shortly after 2 a.m., the building was already engulfed in flames. As dawn approached, the flames were extinguished, but the mosque was completely destroyed.   Firefighters battle ... Read More

Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Church Demolition

End of the Line for Harlem Church

January 18, 2017 by: Ben Heimsath

The structure on 125th Street dates from 1927, and back then it was a movie theater. Nearly 50 years later, the LaGree Baptist Church moved in. An established congregation, LaGree had been in other neighborhood locations over a number of years. The old theater was readily adapted with theater seats replacing pews and the stage area converted to a pulpit area. The adaptive reuse served the church ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / New York City / Church Demolition

End of the Line for Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Queens

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 ... Read More

Worship Space / Church Demolition

Deadly Church Roof Collapse in Nigeria

December 10, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

Shocking news this evening of a church roof collapsing and killing as many as 60 people. Reigners Bible Church was under construction, but a service was being held under the incomplete structure when it collapsed on the assembly. Early reports suggest there may be more deceased and many more injured.   News of a collapsed structure, sadly, is not that uncommon in Nigeria where lax standards and ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Church Demolition

Lonely Marker Is All That Remains of Mount Rose Church In Lorena

December 07, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

According to Historic McLennan County, An Illustrated History, the Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church was built to serve a small but dedicated African American community in 1920. An A.M.E. church and a school were also located on Houston Street.   The text includes a description of the scene on October 1, 1921 when the Ku Klux Klan decided to parade in Lorena.   County Sheriff, Bob Buchanan, ... Read More

Worship Space / Historic Preservation / Church Demolition

Neoclassical Synagogue Soon To Be History

September 10, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

With a prime property on 93rd Street in Manhattan, the Congregation Shaare Zedek has decided to give up its nearly 100 year old synagogue. According to the real estate website, New York YIMBY, the congregation has entered into an agreement with developers to construct a new 14 story building on the site. Plans call for eleven stories of residences above a new three-story synagogue and related ... Read More

Worship Space / Historic Preservation / Church Demolition

Cautionary Tale as a Church Dies in the Bronx

July 31, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

For over 100 years, Home Street Presbyterian was a prominent presence in the Foxhurst section of the Bronx. An urban area with changing demographics, the congregation began a serving a community mostly of English and Scottish origin. In its early years, it adapted to a wave of Eastern European immigrants, at one point actually merging with another congregation to strengthen both ministries. In ... Read More

Historic Preservation / Worship Spaces / Church Demolition