Demolition of Italian Church in Brooklyn Put on Hold

Our Lady of Loreto Church (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The famous church was already “ringed around with a fence and partly covered in scaffolding and construction netting,” writes Brooklyn Daily Eagle reporter Lore Croghan.

Then, a Brooklyn judge temporarily stopped a planned demolition of the Our Lady of Loreto church in Brownsville, much to the relief of Italian community members and local preservationists.  Croghan reports that the decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Brownsville Cultural Coalition’s Jillian Mulvihill, who herself was a parishioner of the now shuttered church.

On Wednesday, Justice Bernard G. Graham of the state Supreme Court in Brooklyn issued a stay that temporarily stops the wrecking ball until a court hearing scheduled for May 9.

The Catholic Church intends to tear down Our Lady of Loreto and construct low-income housing in its place. It had recently received demolition permits from the NY Buildings Department, despite, writes Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

…a long-running campaign by the Brownsville Cultural Coalition to have the neoclassical Roman Renaissance-style church landmarked and turned into a neighborhood cultural center.

For more on the campaign and the lawsuit, as well as the significance of the century-old church for Italian immigrants, go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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