A Last Look at Our Lady of Loreto (Photos)

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As demolition looms for Our Lady of Loreto church, we take what may be a final look at the intact, majestic Ocean Hill building.

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As we reported last week, the city has issued a demolition permit for the house of worship at 126 Sackman Street. The Brownsville Cultural Coalition, which has been advocating for preservation of the building, believes the demolition could begin as soon as Friday, April 28.

our lady of loreto ocean hill 126 sackman

Advocates are planning a rally and protest at the site on Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. More information can be found here.

our lady of loreto ocean hill 126 sackman

The Renaissance style church was completed in 1908 and designed by architect Adriano Armezzani, an Italian immigrant who worked with fellow Italian craftsmen to complete the project. The sculptures, including those on the pediment, are the work of artist Gaetano Federici.

our lady of loreto ocean hill 126 sackman

The church was once the center of a vibrant Italian immigrant community.

our lady of loreto ocean hill 126 sackman

It was shuttered by the diocese in 2009 and advocates have been fighting off demolition of the building ever since.

our lady of loreto ocean hill 126 sackman

our lady of loreto ocean hill 126 sackman

[Photos by Susan De Vries]

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