Repair Work Continues at Lightning-Damaged Church


A reader sent in this photo of the repair work ongoing at Christ Church in Cobble Hill, where lightning struck on July 26, damaging the tower and killing local resident state Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwartz. Traffic at the corner of Kane and Clinton remains completely blocked with the intersection closed to all, our tipster said. No one is allowed on the south side of the sidewalk. Two large cranes remain on the scene.
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  • This is not repair work. It is partial demolition.
    I hope the contractors know when to stop.
    At this point they have taken down the entire belfry.
    I sense there is no brake mechanism on this job.

  • By the way, this church was built in1840 -1841 and was designed by Richard Upjohn. The AIA Guide states “four strong finials form an appropriate skyline apex in these low-rise blocks.”
    Now there is no apex and the church itself appears very endangered.

  • Minard–that brownstone has needed serious attention for years. I think the problem is that once they begin the dismantling it’s difficult to stop.

  • Minard–that brownstone has needed serious attention for years. I think the problem is that once they begin the dismantling it’s difficult to stop.

  • I think it is completely unacceptable that they are allowed to block off a major thorofare like Clinton Street for this long. The movement of traffic is of greater need to the overall community then the repairs of one building. They should have to find a way to do their work without disrupting the entire areas traffic and foot patterns.

  • It is not clear in this piece that pedestrian traffic now can go through on the east side of the street. You can also walk along the north side of Kane to get to Strong and Henry. (I also hope they stop at this point and stabilize.)

  • It is not clear in this piece that pedestrian traffic now can go through on the east side of the street. You can also walk along the north side of Kane to get to Strong and Henry. (I also hope they stop at this point and stabilize.)

  • An over-reaction by the landmark-hating engineers at the DOB.
    The building was hit by lightning. It did not just collapse. The steeple needed to be repaired and repointed. It did not need to be demolished. Nor did all the streets need to be cut off for weeks. I’m surprised they didn’t evacuate half of Cobble Hill.