As demolition looms for Our Lady of Loreto church, we take what may be a final look at the intact, majestic Ocean Hill building.
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.
Advocates are planning a rally and protest at the site on Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. More information can be found here.
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.
The church was once the center of a vibrant Italian immigrant community.
It was shuttered by the diocese in 2009 and advocates have been fighting off demolition of the building ever since.
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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