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It would also mark the latest of Furness’s works to be eradicated. Since the architect’s death in 1912, many of his Philly-based buildings fell into disrepair, and faced the wrecking ball—largely over the first half of the 20th Century.
Source: Frank Furness-designed South Philly church on track for demolition – Curbed Philly
“It affects everyone,” said Morris Hylton, the president of Modern Gainesville, a local nonprofit aimed at preserving mid-century architecture. “It’s an architectural landmark deserving of preservation.”
Source: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Torn Down Ahead Of Meeting That Might Have Preserved It – WUFT News
Cleveland is working with a consultant, WR Restoration of Twinsburg, to evaluate the church and determine what materials can be saved. That analysis will provide a menu of potential costs for the city and the future site developers. Disassembling the church, rather than simply tearing it down, would be an unusual – and expensive – proposition.
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