Demolition Begun at Our Lady of Loreto

This photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 22 shows plywood has been placed where statues stood on the facade of Our Lady of Loreto Church. (photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

In the Ocean Hill part of Brownsville, demolition has begun on the Church of Our Lady of Loreto, reports Lore Croghan in Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Community activists have been working for months to preserve the church. The Brownsville Cultural Coalition had hoped to have the church designated as a city landmark and made into a neighborhood cultural center.

The Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corp. (POP), which holds a long-term lease on the vacant cast-stone church at 126 Sackman St., is tearing it down in order to build a 40-unit low-income housing facility.

Workers have removed a chunk of the triangular-shaped ornamental roof on the front of the building.

They have also removed statues of saints that stood in niches on the church’s facade.

On Tuesday, workers could be seen inside the church. Debris was piled near an open door.

Read more at Brooklyn Daily Eagle about the neoclassical Roman Renaissance-style church, designed and built by Italian immigrants a century ago.

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