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Church of the Assumption: Be there

March 11, 2011

Photo by A. Palewski






UPDATE:  Decision expected week of April 25

UPDATE:  CONTINUED UNTIL MARCH 28, 11 am, 1515 Arch Street, 18th fl — PlanPhilly coverage here

Here’s a recap if you’ve missed any of the twisting fate of the Church of the Assumption.  Click here for Matt Golas’s overview at PlanPhilly

Calendar note:  L&I Review Board will meet met on the demolition of Church of the Assumption, Monday, March 14, 10 am, 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor — but needed to continue the sesssion….

More information via the Callowhill Neighborhood Association, which is challenging the demolition approval.

With the hearing taking place just a few days before St. Patrick’s Day, it would be a shame if this former Catholic church, designed by Patrick Charles Keely, were not given a reprieve.  Keely, an Irish immigrant who arrived in New York in 1842, was the country’s most prolific ecclesiastical architect in the 19th century.  His first commission was built in 1842.  Completed in 1849, Church of the Assumption is the oldest surviving Keely structure of the more than 600 that were built.

Church of the Assumption landmark designation nomination

Michael Greenle’s Opinion piece, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 14

Inga Saffron, Changing Skyline, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11,2011, “Philadelphia’s Historic Churches:  Do they have a prayer for survival?”

Baltimore Avenue Coalition Venue Menu: encourages community to use space in local churches

Once upon a time on Spring Garden Street:  A Civil War tale

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