Church Demolition

Even if you do not believe in God, to destroy a church is a wound, a cultural, architectural wound, why not use it as library, restaurant, concert room for guitarists, stage for political debates, social meeting center for knitting women – as I saw it in the Netherlands…
St Laurence Demo
Church demolition document in Chicago, kindly sent by photographer Nitram242 to my group BLOG IT – click on the picture to enter his photo galleries on flickr

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writer, photographer, guitarist

12 responses to “Church Demolition

  1. Laura Bloomsbury

    lets hope for the best and that the spirit remains to oversee the next manifestation – but what horrible looking thing will go up in its place I wonder, says my other voice

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  2. Maybe it is too expensive to maintain and to put it up to code – electricals, plumbing, etc. But if not for that, I agree with you. It could be used for so many things.

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  3. do hate to see these beautiful buildings demolished… may the spirits live on!

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  4. I agree – destroying that church is a sacrilege as buildings like that are no longer created. I like what they do in the Netherlands. They keep their historical environment by using the churches for something else.

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  5. Allan G. Smorra

    I worked on the construction of a church back in the late ’60s. It was interesting how all the construction workers edited their profanity and worked in a quiet, respectful manner no matter what their religious beliefs were.

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  6. Yes, Frizz, one does not have to be a believer to find peace and thoughtfulness in a sacred space.

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  7. A lot of churches here are being reconfigured into condominium units.

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  8. Completely agree, Frizz. It’s a cultural sacrilege.

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  9. I agree, it’s always good to see churches re-purposed as residences or libraries, whatever. So much work went into that building, and anyway, why spend additional money on more resources? Use what we’ve got!

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